Investec Woodcote EBF Stakes quotes
The opening contest on Investec Derby Day was the Investec Woodcote Stakes over six furlongs for two-year-olds.
Twaasol came out on top by a length and a half from Modern News. The son of Adaay maintained his unbeaten record, having scored on debut at Windsor on 16 June.
Winning trainer Owen Burrows said: “Twaasol did it well.
“He is a neat little horse who is not overly big, but he has got a great mind on him. He is a good mover and I am chuffed to bits with him.
“I have not spoken to Martin yet, but it looked as if he was tapped for a bit of speed and it is obviously a speed course here.
“Before Windsor, I thought he would probably be better over seven furlongs. He is not the biggest but is a good moving, well-balanced horse.
“You have always got that worry about them handling the track. He had only had one start before today, but is a well-balanced, neat little horse and I was confident he would handle the course.
“I wouldn’t get too carried away with him just yet, but he has done nothing wrong and is one to look forward to.
“It is great to have a winner on Derby Day. It’s a little bit different of course this year, but you have just got to be grateful that we are here.”
Martin Harley said: “Twaasol was pretty impressive with what he has done out there. Fair play to Owen [Burrows], he has primed the horse up twice now. I had full confidence going out there that he would improve from his first start, which he did.
“The track wasn’t ideal but it is the same for most two-year-olds – he had only had one run. He came round the bend well and got a little unbalanced coming down the straight, but overall he was very professional.
“When I walked the track it was more of a headwind, but now it has changed to a side wind – it is moving around, for sure.
“Yes, it felt different. But the track out there and the ground is absolutely beautiful. Full credit to the clerk of the course (Andrew Cooper), given the circumstances through the year, for him to produce a track like that on Derby Day is absolutely fantastic.
“I am very excited about my first ride in the Investec Derby [on Worthily]. You need people like Mr (John) Gosden to give you a chance in races like the Oaks and the Derby. I know the horse well and rode him when he won his first start [Newbury, 11 June]. Mr Gosden knows what he is doing; it is a difficult year for horses and although I am sure he will handle the track, and I would have preferred another run or two and so would Mr Gosden, but we are here to take our chance and the horse is in great form.”
1.50pm Investec Woodcote Stakes 6f
1 Twaasol Owen Burrows 2-9-05 Martin Harley 9/4 Jt Fav
2 Modern News Charlie Appleby 2-9-05 Jim Crowley 9/4 Jt Fav
3 Mutazawwed Mark Johnston 2-9-05 Jim Crowley 11/4
Winner owned by Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum
Time: 1 09.73s
Distances: 1 ½, 1¾
Tote Win: £2.80 Places: £1.50, £1.50 Exacta: £7.10