Postponed Takes Coronation Cup; Harzand Holds On In Epsom Derby

by | 06.04.2016 | 12:54pm
Postponed winning the 2016 Dubai Sheema Classic.

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 son of Dubawi 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, a son of Sea the Stars, made the lead at the top of the straight and held off a late challenge from the favorite US Army Ranger to win by about a length in just his fourth lifetime start. Trained by Dermot Weld for the Aga Khan, the horse recorded his first top-level victory, and the fifth win in the race for his owner.

Harzand completed the 1 1/2-mile test on good to soft ground in 2:40.09

“It's unbelievable,” said jockey 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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