Sean Levey praised the atmosphere before and after the Derby
PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
SEAN LEVEY enjoyed a memorable first experience of riding in the Investec Derby and returned with a smile after finishing fifth on supplementary entry Humphrey Bogart.
The syndicate owners failed to recoup the £75,000 they paid to put the Lingfield trial winner in the race, but he picked up £41,560.50 after having only US Army Ranger behind him leaving Tattenham Corner.
“It was an amazing experience,” said Levey. “What made it so special was not just the race itself but the atmosphere before and after. I was just glad to be a part of it.”
Trainer Richard Hannon said of Humphrey Bogart’s run: “He’s taken a massive step up. I’ll look at the Irish Derby and Royal Ascot. I couldn’t be more proud of him.”
Simcock pleased with Algometer
Red Verdon, another supplemented runner, also came from well off the pace to take a fine sixth, just in front of Algometer, whose trainer David Simcock said: “I was very pleased with him. He lacked acceleration at a vital point but he was staying on at the end and galloped right out after the line, although by that point it was too late.”
Qipco 2,000 Guineas second Massaat could finish only ninth, but Sheikh Hamdan’s racing manager Angus Gold was not blaming the rise to a mile and a half.
“He wouldn’t have won at a mile and a quarter,” said Gold. “He was gone as soon as Paul [Hanagan] went for him and he said he thought he was in trouble even before that.
“We worked him over a mile and a quarter the other day and it took two furlongs to pull him up. I would lay my life on the fact he stays a mile and a quarter but he didn’t stay it today so, for whatever reason, I don’t think that was his running.”
Ground and track against Ulysses
Among the disappointments was the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Ulysses, who weakened into 12th.
Jockey Andrea Atzeni said: “He travelled nicely into the race and came down the hill on the bridle. Turning in I thought we had a chance, but as soon as I picked him up he felt the ground a bit.
“I think he wants nicer ground. The track might not have suited, either, as he got a bit unbalanced.”
There was also no joy for Godolphin, whose Cloth Of Stars was eighth, while Moonlight Magic was last.
His rider Kevin Manning said: “He had a lovely position, but when the race started to unfold down the hill he couldn’t go on.”
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