Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A look back at the 2012 Derby

Workforce's victory in the 2010 Derby at Epsom broke the track record for the race as Sir Michael Stoute picked up his fifth success in the Classic.

Jockey Ryan Moore rode the three-year old clear of the field in the final furlong to finish seven lengths ahead of At First Sight and Rewilding.

The three-year-old's run at Epsom was then followed up with a disappointing fifth place in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot a month later. The son of King's Best went off 8/11 favourite in the Derby betting but was overshadowed by stablemate Harbinger who took the Group One with an 11 length margin.

Workforce did make up for that disappointing though, later in the year at the Qatar Prix De L'Arc De Triomphe when winning the leading European middle distance race at Longchamp. Stoute's runner was involved in a scrap to the line with Japanese contender Nakayama Festa who has to settle for second place, a neck behind Workforce in the official distance.

At the age of four, Workforce couldn't repeat the heights he achieved a year earlier. Just one win came in 2011, that was on his opening run of his campaign at Sandown in the Group Stakes Brigadier Gerard Stakes. His next run of the year was in the Coral Eclipse where he made the running before being chased down by former Australian superstar So You Think. A month later it was Nathanial who edged him out to his first Group One success of the year.

His final run of the campaign was a bid to defend his crown at the Arc in Paris, Unlike 12 months earlier, it was a disappointing effort as he came home with just three rivals behind in the 16 runner field.

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