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Harzand Wins Gr1 English Derby

Monday, 6th June 2016

At Epsom in the UK, 3YO colt Harzand (Sea the Stars-Hazariya, by Xaar) continued on his steep upward curve when scoring a stylish 1.5-length win for trainer Dermot Weld in the Gr1 English Derby (12 furlongs) for 3YOs, over fellow 3YO colts and Coolmore stable-mates US Army Ranger (Galileo-Moonstone, by Dalakhani) & Idaho (Galileo-Hveger, by Danehill). Bred and owned by His Highness the Aga Khan, who was celebrating his fifth Derby success, Harzand improved his record to 3 wins (including the Gr3 Ballysax Stakes) from 4 starts for £910,013 earnings. Harzand's classic victory also represented a special milestone for trainer Dermot Weld who, remarkably, collected his first win in Britain's most famous race. "It's very special to win this race," Weld told Sky Sports. "I think I've had 23 Classic winners in Europe. Blue Wind was my first when she won the Oaks many years ago (in 1981). I've won a couple of Irish Derbys (Zagreb in 1996 and Grey Swallow in 2004) but I've always obviously wanted to win this race. I've possibly never had a horse good enough to do it, but today was the day." Weld added: "He is a lovely, balanced colt that is progressive. I just thought when he worked the other day at the Curragh, he worked very well and showed that bit more pace and then I thought he would represent us very well." Weld said Harzand was likely to bid for a classic double in the Irish Derby on 25 June. "I would say that the Irish Derby is strongly on the agenda and that is most likely to be his next race," the master Irish horseman said.

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