This Saturday’s racing action from Epsom, Postponed recorded his third top-level victory in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Cup, defeating high class filly and Breeders’ Cup champion Found. One race later, Harzand overcame a spread shoe to hold on for a victory in the Group 1 Epsom Derby.
A 5-year-old trained by Roger Varian, Postponed registered a 4 1/2-length victory under jockey Andrea Atzeni for owner Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum.
“He’s just a proper horse,” said Atzeni. “He travelled great, goes on any ground and quickened up fantastically. He’s a great horse to ride and I’m very lucky to ride him.”
Both Postponed and Found are likely to head to Royal Ascot.
Harzand, making the lead at the top of the straight, held off a late challenge from the favorite US Army Ranger to win by about a length in his fourth lifetime start. Trained by Dermot Weld for the Aga Khan, the horse recorded his first top-level victory.
“It’s unbelievable,” said Pat Smullen. “It’s what dreams are made of, more so for me to ride the winner for the boss – it makes it more fitting. I’m just delighted to ride the winner for him; he’s the world’s best trainer.”
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