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2022 Epsom Derby News - Key Quotes From Connections

By Jon Vine
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02 Jun 2022
  • We bring you the key quotes from the connections of this year's Epsom Derby runners
  • The Epsom Derby takes place at Epsom on Saturday 4th June
  • 17 colts were confirmed in the final field
  • We have quotes from Sir Michael Stoute, Aidan O'Brien and Charlie Appleby
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Sir Michael Stoute poses at Newmarket Racecourse. (Getty)
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The 2022 Epsom Derby is almost upon us, and punters are expecting a fantastic race on the famous Epsom Downs this Saturday. To help you try and pick the winner, here are the latest quotes from the connections of this year's Epsom Derby contenders.

2022 Epsom Derby Tips - Quotes From Connections

Sir Michael Stoute talks to The Guardian about Desert Crown

“You couldn’t fault the Dante performance. He was very efficient."

"I certainly wasn’t confident (before the Dante) as we were only just ready to go to the races, as he had a hold-up with a bruised foot."

"This fellow has a very good mind, he’s a very relaxed horse and he’s done nothing wrong on the racecourse, in fact he’s done rather well."

“When he won at Nottingham (last season), he won impressively which surprised us, so he obviously does a little more on the racecourse than he does here (at home). If you win the Dante you don’t have to improve much to win the Derby. He has still got to do it, though.”

Aidan O'Brien talks Racing TV through his Epsom Derby contenders

Stone Age

"He didn't win last year but he had a very high level of form as a two-year-old. He ran in all the big Group Ones. He even ran in a Group One over seven furlongs, so he was a very experienced horse. He learnt all he needed to learn about racing."

"When he didn't win, it probably worked out great because he was able to start out in a maiden this year. Snowfall was a little bit like that last year."

"We were very happy with him (at Leopardstown). He did come fowards from his maiden. We felt he would come on more from Leopardstown. There could be more improvement."


"He's very uncomplicated, a relaxed, lazy horse. You can fire him out and he'll make his own running. We'd be very happy to take a lead either."

"He was beaten by one of our own in a maiden last year, meaning he went into this year a maiden, which was lovely."

"He won his maiden over a mile-and-a-quarter well (at Dundalk) and we felt that he would really step up, and he did. We were delighted with him (at Chester). He obviously went to the Vase and got the trip really well. He looked like a horse who could even get further."

Star Of India

"He started in the Craven over a mile, which we thought was a nice place to start him and he ran respectable. He won his maiden over seven but always looked like a middle-distance horse."

"He went to Chester and did that (Won the Dee Stakes) and looked like a horse who would get a mile-and-a-half. Whether he will on pedigree, I'm not sure, but we think he will because he has a lovely, lazy way of racing and a very genuine way of doing it."

Charlie Appleby talking about his three contenders

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Nations Pride

"Nations Pride is the highest rated and has done little wrong."

"The three I worked are all different. Nahanni is a different animal when he turns up at the races. At home he struggles to even warm up in a gallop. He led the way in a swinging canter under Adam.

"He's done fantastically well in the past four weeks and turned himself inside out. He's been here and done it, while at Leicester he put nine lengths between himself and the others in a matter of a furlong. He will be putting in his best work at the finish in the Derby."

Walk Of Stars

"Walk Of Stars has all the ability and possesses the engine to do something exciting. He did disappoint at Lingfield, but he was jigging about and in my view he's a work in progress."

"He's a big, scopey horse and Will said he thought he handled the track very well at Lingfield. He said that for a big horse he switches his leads very easily."

"He will have the hood on to post in the Derby and if you could pick one that's got the profile of an Adayar, then it's him. This horse has a lot more character and is a big boy who is still immature. If I was forced to say which is in with the best chance, he would be the one."


“With respect to the two horses entered in the Derby, Nahanni as you know is a horse that has had cheekpieces on and he had blinkers on his penultimate start. He is a definitely a different animal when he turns up at the races as at home he would have a job to warm up in a gallop."

“Nahanni is a horse that has done fantastically well. Physically he has turned himself inside out the last four weeks. He ticks the boxes in that he has been here and done it at a trip that was two furlongs too short at the end of the day."

“If you stop the video at Leicester two down you would have said we have a race on our hands. Within a furlong he has put nine lengths between himself and what have been subsequent winners behind him. He is a horse that once he goes past the two pole, that is when you will be seeing the best of Nahanni. Whether that is good enough to win, I don’t know."

“Adam (Kirby, jockey) was very pleased with him today. He has track experience. Adam just led the gallop and he was very pleased with him. He moved well."

"The one thing this horse will do is stay for fun and he has got track experience, so I think he ticks a couple of nice boxes coming into the Derby."

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Charlie Appleby (left) celebrating his Derby win in 2021. (Getty)

Donncha O'Brien speaking to the Racing Post about Piz Badile

"All is perfect with him – we're going straight to Epsom. He's in fantastic form and we decided the best route was for him to head straight there."

"We have a lot of big-race targets later in the year and we didn't think he needed another run before the Derby to get him right. We feel like we can get him right by heading straight there."

Racing TV catch up with Westover's trainer Ralph Beckett

“I think the Derby means more to any European trainer more than any other Flat race so inevitably I’m looking forward to it."

“Do I feel different compared to the other races? I suppose I do but as long as we get our ducks in a row for the rest of this week and in the preliminaries, all will be good."

“It’s a big gig for all concerned, not least because he is a Juddmonte horse, and that means a lot to us. It means a significant amount to me."

“We are a long way down the track now from when we got the call to train for Juddmonte in 2015. I was surprised when I got the call to train for them and I had no inclination beforehand."

“We have been lucky for them and had a couple of Royal Ascot winners but this would be in a whole different league."

“I hope it would mean plenty to the sport as a whole apart from anything else. His (Prince Khalid’s) influence on the breed and the sport worldwide is huge as Juddmonte’s tentacles stretch far and wide.”

Highclere's Harry Herbert talks up Royal Patronage's chances
"He's a big price but he ran very well against the Derby favourite the other day and he's 2-1 and we're 33-1. Our horse is experienced around there too and anything can happen in the Derby. I think he'll improve for the step up in trip."

"I spoke to Charlie [Johnston] and he's happy with Royal Patronage. He's all set for Epsom and we've got a very excited team of 20 owners. He's there on merit and it's a great thrill to have him lining up in our 30th year. He's got a great name for this particular year and it's the race of all races as far as I'm concerned."

Charlie Hills talks about his sole runner, Sonny Liston

“Sonny’s in great form. Tom Marquand came and sat on him for the first time on Tuesday and they did a six-furlong piece of work, he was very happy.”

“He’s quite a laid back horse, he’s not too hard on himself and he just went through the motions nicely."

“He’s come out of Chester well, I think he will have learnt plenty from going around there. He was a bit green coming round the first bend and he lost quite a bit of ground, but he showed a nice turn of foot coming into the straight."

“There will be quite a few runners but we’re hoping for a nice draw and hopefully a bit of luck in running.”

Simon Crisford talks about West Wind Blows' chances

"He is short on experience and you would have loved for him to have had a bit more match practice going into a race like this. He can get himself a little bit tense but the idea of coming today was to give him more experience."

"He has been a slow developer and learner, but he is just coming to himself and his work there was very pleasing. He came down the hill on the right leg and switched leads. He quickened up nicely along the straight."

"The hardest bit was pulling him up, as you can see. He has got an outstanding pedigree, a Classic pedigree and he will stay the mile and a half without any question."

Andrew Balding confirms Masekela will run in the Derby

“He passed his stalls test on Monday and that (Derby) is the intention,” said Balding.

“I think the horse has improved a good deal since Newmarket, especially in his home work. Obviously, there is stamina question marks on his sire’s side, but also some room for optimism on the dam’s side."

“I’ve been impressed by the way he has worked since the Feilden Stakes and on his two-year-old form he’s not a million miles away from at least deserving his place in the field.”

Racing TV speak to Charlie Fellowes about Grand Alliance

“It’s really exciting to be part of it."

“It’s a completely new experience and we are going into it with a horse who has a few questions to answer. So we’re not going in there with an awful lot of pressure on our shoulders, which I suppose is a nice thing, and if he goes and runs a really nice race we would be over the moon."

“Paul was the son of a butcher in Epsom and was brought up at Tattenham Corner. His parents are buried just round the corner from the track and although he doesn’t live there any longer, he’s a regular visitor to Epsom, so for him it’s particularly poignant to have a runner in the Derby.”

Glory Daze's trainer Andy Oliver talks about his first Derby runner with the Racing Post

"He's in good form and all is well with him. We'll see what happens over the next few days as my thinking is that he's a big horse, and I'd like to be guaranteed kindness in the ground on that track."

"He's very versatile and goes on any ground, but he's just big and I don't know if it'd be wise to run without kindness in the ground around there. We want it to be safe."


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