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Epicuris is set for Investec Derby
26 May 2015 09:09
French challenger Epicuris will run in the Investec Derby at Epsom on 6 June, reports Equidia.
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The Rail Link colt had been pencilled in to contest the French equivalent, the Prix du Jockey Club, at Chantilly on Sunday, but trainer Criquette Head-Maarek has been forced into a rethink.
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French racing authority, France Galop, refused special dispensation for Nicolas Blondeau, the man renowned for helping Goldikova at the start of races, to be with the Criterium de Saint-Cloud winner during the loading process.
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The British Horseracing Authority, conversely, would not prohibit Blondeau to be with Epicuris at the start of the Investec Derby, so connections will now send him to Epsom.
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Head-Maarek's inmate successfully came through a stalls test at Chantilly last Thursday morning, under Blondeau's guidance, after the horse refused to enter the gates before his scheduled comeback run in the Prix Greffulhe.
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