Convey and Deauville top betting as 31 go forward for Betway Winter Derby

February 7th, 2018 Fast-Track Qualifier

Last year’s winner Convey is among 31 confirmations for the £100,000 G3 Betway Winter Derby over 10 furlongs at Lingfield Park on Saturday, February 24, details of which are revealed today.

The Betway Winter Derby is a Fast-Track Qualifier for the £200,000 Betway Easter Classic over the course and distance on £1-million All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, March 30.

Convey (Sir Michael Stoute) emulated Grendisar by winning both races in 2017, after which he was crowned All-Weather Horse of the Year. He has not raced since finishing ninth in the G1 Champions Mile in Hong Kong in May

Convey is the 5/1 joint-favourite with Betway alongside US G1 scorer Deauville who is one of six contenders for Ireland’s champion trainer Aidan O’Brien.

In the UK, O’Brien has a 100 per cent record on the All-Weather. His only previous runner, Castle Gandolfo, was successful in the International Trial Stakes at Lingfield Park on April 6, 2002.

O’Brien’s entries also feature last year’s G2 Hardwicke Stakes victor Idaho (8/1), G1 Breeders’ Cup Mile runner-up Lancaster Bomber (8/1) and War Decree (11/2), who proved himself on Polytrack with a smooth success in the G3 Diamond Stakes at Dundalk, Ireland, in September. Prolific Dundalk winner Clear Skies (10/1) and War Secretary (16/1) are also entered.

Convey’s stablemate Autocratic (6/1) has limited All-Weather experience but proved himself at this level on turf when annexing the G3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown Park in May.

Utmost (John Gosden, 11/2) laid down a marker with a game victory from the front in the Listed Betway Winter Derby Trial over the course and distance on February 3, when Victory Bond (William Haggas, 7/1) and Battle Of Marathon (John Ryan, 33/1) filled the places.

Khalidi (7/1) is on course to make his debut for Lambourn trainer Clive Cox in the Betway Winter Derby. The son of High Chaparral captured two Listed prizes in the first half of last season before finishing second in both the G2 King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot and G3 Gordon Stakes at Goodwood, when trained by John Gosden.

Khalidi was declared for the G2 Great Voltigeur Stakes at York in late August but was taken out by Cox on account of the ground.

The four-year-old has not previously run on an All-Weather surface.

The trainer said: “I have been very pleased with Khalidi. He has done well over the winter and is training well at the moment.

“He had a quiet second half of last season because of the amount of soft ground we encountered and it was in our minds that, all being well through the winter, the Winter Derby could be a nice starting point this year.

“He had a very productive campaign in the first half of last season and clearly will be in his comfort zone over between a mile and a quarter and a mile and a half.

“I am very much looking forward to getting going with him.”

Master The World (David Elsworth, 8/1) and Petite Jack (Archie Watson, 14/1), both Listed winners over the course and distance this winter, also go forward for the Betway Winter Derby.

Other names to note include lightly-raced four-year-old Star Archer (Hugo Palmer, 25/1), winner of a novice race at Wolverhampton last month, G3 scorer Frankuus (Mark Johnston, 10/1) and high-class mare Elbereth (Andrew Balding, 18/1).


Betway Winter Derby – Betway prices:

5/1 Convey, Deauville

11/2 Utmost, War Decree

6/1 Autocratic

7/1 Khalidi, Victory Bond

8/1 Idaho, Lancaster Bomber, Master The World

10/1 Clear Skies, Frankuus

12/1 Born To Be Alive

14/1 Petite Jack

16/1 War Secretary

18/1 Elbereth, Mr Owen

20/1 Goring, Intern, Mount Tahan, Red Label

25/1 Calling Out, Star Archer

33/1 Battalion, Battle Of Marathon, Gabrial

50/1 Abe Lincoln, Contrast, London Protocol, Mia Tesoro

100/1 Man of Harlech


The Betway Winter Derby

G3, £100,000 total prize fund. Lingfield Park, Saturday, February 24, 1m 2f. For four-year-olds and upwards. Weights: colts and geldings 9st, fillies 8st 11lb. Penalties: after August 31, 2017, a winner of a G3 race 3lb, a winner of a G2 race 5lb, a winner of a G1 race 7lb. Entries closed January 23, entries revealed January 24 (36 entries), scratchings deadline February 6 (31 remain), five-day confirmations February 19, final declarations February 22. Maximum field 14 runners.


Horse Age Owner Trainer
ABE LINCOLN (USA) 5 Susan Roy Jeremy Noseda
AUTOCRATIC 5 Cheveley Park Stud Sir Michael Stoute
BATTALION (IRE) 8 Melbourne 10 Racing Jamie Osborne
BATTLE OF MARATHON (USA) 6 G Smith-Bernal John Ryan
BORN TO BE ALIVE (IRE) 4 Tim Dykes & Elaine Burke Karl Burke
CALLING OUT (FR) 7 Tick Tock Partnership David Simcock
CLEAR SKIES 5 J P McManus Aidan O’Brien IRE
CONTRAST (IRE) 4 Highclere T’Bred Racing – Thomas Hardy Richard Hannon
CONVEY 6 Robert Ng Sir Michael Stoute
DEAUVILLE (IRE) 5 Fitri Hay/Michael Tabor/Sue Magnier/Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
ELBERETH 7 David Taylor Andrew Balding
FRANKUUS (IRE) 4 Hussain Lootah & Ahmad Al Shaikh Mark Johnston
GABRIAL (IRE) 9 Dr Marwan Koukash Richard Fahey
GORING (GER) 6 G C Stevens Eve Johnson Houghton
IDAHO (IRE) 5 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
INTERN (IRE) 4 Orbis Bloodstock (UK) Limited David Simcock
KHALIDI 4 Nizar Anwar Clive Cox
LANCASTER BOMBER (USA) 4 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
LONDON PROTOCOL (FR) 5 Ontoawinner, R McKeown & E Burke Karl Burke
MAN OF HARLECH 7 Elite Racing Club Jim Boyle
MASTER THE WORLD (IRE) 7 K Quinn/ C Benham David Elsworth
MIA TESORO (IRE) 5 Deron Pearson Charlie Fellowes
MOUNT TAHAN (IRE) 6 T A Rahman Kevin Ryan
MR OWEN (USA) 6 Qatar Racing Limited David Simcock
PETITE JACK 5 W Burn Archie Watson
RED LABEL (IRE) 4 Les Boyer Partnership Marco Botti
STAR ARCHER 4 Khalid Abdullah Hugo Palmer
UTMOST (USA) 4 George Strawbridge & John R Hass John Gosden
VICTORY BOND 5 Bloomsbury Stud William Haggas
WAR DECREE (USA) 4 Andrew Rosen/Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor/Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
WAR SECRETARY (USA) 4 Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE


31 entries remain following February 6 scratchings deadline

6 Irish-trained