Richard Kingscote And Desert Crown Win Sixth Epsom Derby For Sir Michael Stoute

The pre-race favourite certainly delivered in the big race
17:30, 04 Jun 2022

Richard Kingscote guided pre-race favourite Desert Crown to a dominant Epsom Derby win as he blew away the opposition to secure a sixth Derby win for Sir Michael Stoute. 

The legendary trainer won his first Epsom Derby back in 1981 when Shergar won the race and he also had winners in 1986, 2003, 2004, 2010 and now 2022. 

Desert Crown, the Dante victor, bided his time and found some space before hitting top gear with a couple of furlongs to go and when he found his stride, the rest of the field simply could not stay with him. 

David Probert, on board 150/1 shot Who Ya Mal came closest as he secured a surprise second place finish after a brilliant run, while Westover (25/1) came home in third. 

Kingscote, on board the winner, couldn’t hide his delight as he crossed the finishing post first. "You can't really (put it into words). I've had a lot of support and this gentleman here (Stoute) and this fabulous horse.

"He's obviously got a huge amount of class, he jumped great, got in a pitch, travelled great and turned in going really well. It was all lovely.

"He's got a lot of class and gave me a lot of confidence. It's all about him and Sir Michael really.

"He's a lovely horse and he's a lovely gentleman that trains him."

The Queen was not in attendance during her Jubilee weekend celebrations but she watched on from home, with Princess Anne at the racetrack, as the favourite took a famous win. However, the start of the race was mired in controversy as protesters spilt onto the track.

Of course, it was in this very race in 1913 that Emily Davidson threw herself at the King’s horse, but these protesters were dragged away by the police before they could cause any serious damage. There were fireworks also heard minutes before the race began, raising concerns about animal welfare. 

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