Home sweet home coming to Newmarket for Derby winner Golden Horn, jockey Frankie Dettori, trainer John Gosden and runner up Jack Hobbs
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Golden Horn, the winner of yesterday’s Investec Derby at Epsom was joined by stable companion and runner-up in the race, Jack Hobbs at their Clarehaven home in Newmarket this morning for a media photo call.
They were joined by the trainer, John Gosden. Both horses were reported to be in ‘great order’ by their handler as they posed for photos while having a pick of grass.
Winning jockey, Frankie Dettori and runner-up William Buick both made an appearance at the yard with the now two-time Derby winning jockey being joined by his son Rocco and armed with his winning trophy.
Speaking from his Newmarket yard this morning, Gosden said: “Does it get any better than one, two in the Derby? It’s the sort of thing you dream of when you’re being a bit silly.
“To us the Derby is deep in our heritage and the Queen is always there enjoying it. People from the top to the bottom, that’s the great thing about Derby – it really is the people’s race.
On Golden Horn he added: “All being well, I’ll run him in July, he will head to the Coral Eclipse at Sandown.”
Frankie Dettori added: “It’s the second time I have won the Derby and I enjoyed it more this time. As you get older you appreciate its importance and how difficult it is to win. It was a very emotional day for me. Of my 28 years of riding, yesterday was the most thrilling moment of my racing career. It was very special.
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“I was nervous on Wednesday and Thursday but as I got closer to the race I was fine. It was my 20th Derby yesterday and you have to have a plan don’t let the occasion get to you. John is a great pillar of strength to have on your side.
“He oozes confidence and gives me confidence and I thrive off that. He was like a father figure to me and gave me lots of advice, but now he’s more of a great mate. I don’t know where the last 20 years has gone but it’s like a home coming.”
William Buick who was on the runner-up Jack Hobbs commented: “Of course I would have loved to have won but I got beaten by a better horse. It’s just fantastic to be a part of it, a real family affair.”