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Published: 16:38 | 4/6/16

Harzand wins Epsom derby


The Dermot Weld-trained Harzand held off US Army Ranger to win the Investec Epsom Derby on Saturday afternoon.

Harzand, who was a 60-40 chance to ever race after spreading a plate this morning and suffering blood loss, held off the challenge of US Army Ranger and Idaho to complete an Irish one-two-three.

Jockey Pat Smullen paid tribute to trainer Weld on his first Derby success, and the stable staff for getting the Aga Khan-owned son of 2009 Derby hero Sea The Stars ready for the race.

"It's what you dream of, and for the boss [Weld] to win this race is fitting," Smullen told Channel 4 Racing.

"He's the world's greatest trainer, but the trouble we had this morning!

"I didn't know if we were going to get on the plane or not. The boys have worked unbelievably to get him here sound and fit. It is a whole team effort, and I am so privileged to be in a position to ride these horses."

Smullen paid tribute to his horse for responding so well to the attack of US Army Ranger and jockey Ryan Moore on the home straight.

"He dug in - I could sense Ryan coming and I spotted the white face of US Army Ranger, but this horse responded for me and I knew we would get to the line well."

Weld added: "It's wonderful. We had a huge worry this morning after he spread a plate and he was still a doubt to run a little over an hour ago. Thankfully with a lot of help we've made it."


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