Epsom Derby: French raider Pour Moi to run in Classic

Mickael Barzalona on Pour Moi at Epsom
Barzalona puts Pour Moi through his paces at Epsom

French trainer Andre Fabre says his horse Pour Moi will run in the Epsom Derby on 4 June and is his best chance so far of winning the big race.

The Montjeu colt, who is owned by the Coolmore team, won stylishly in the Prix Greffulhe at Saint-Cloud in May.

He ran over 10 furlongs under Mickael Barzalona at Epsom during the Breakfast With The Stars event on Thursday.

"Pour Moi is the best chance I've ever had here. He's a good horse," said Fabre.

The 22-times champion French trainer has had nine runners in the Epsom showpiece, with fifth his best result to date.

Fabre said he is prepared to spoil the regal party by defeating favourite Carlton House, owned by the Queen who is seeking her first Derby victory.

"I am seriously in love with him and I expect to be unpopular if I beat Her Majesty's horse," he said.

Barzalona's mount pulled nicely clear with a furlong still to travel when accompanied by his Maxime Guyon-ridden stablemate O'Kelly Hammer.

"He's relatively inexperienced and we thought it was a good occasion to get him experience he's lacking and show him the track. Everything went quite well, so we were happy," said Fabre.

"He enjoyed going downhill and enjoyed the track. I'm quite pleased. Nearly all my Derby runners were a disaster so far."

Godolphin currently have three horses entered in the 12-furlong Classic, but racing manager Simon Crisford has confirmed Ocean War as their only intended runner.

He will be the mount of Frankie Dettori, who landed the race in 2007 aboard Authorized.

Casamento will be rerouted to the French equivalent, the Prix du Jockey Club, while Genius Beast is being lined up for a crack at the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot.

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