Thursday 2 July 2020

Epsom Derby Dream for Kameko and House Park Stables

You have one chance to win an Epsom Derby. 

Those words were as true for Ian Balding back in 1971 as they are for his son Andrew in 2020. 

The story continues. 

Back in 1971, Ian Balding achieve the mantle of every thoroughbred horse trainer across the globe when he won the Epsom Derby with a truly astonishing racehorse named Mill Reef. This bay colt was an exception to the rule winning 12 of his 14 starts and even his losses were second place. Mill Reef powered home to win the Derby by two lengths putting House Park Stables on the map. Paul Mellon, owner, and jockey, Geoff Lweis, would forever hold that glory in their heart and mind. Such rare moments of success come once in a generation.

And that is the case for this Saturday, July 4th at 4:55 Epsom. Because Kameko, trained by Andrew Balding is heading toward the greatest success of his training career with the hope his three-year-old colt cam emulate the success of his father by winning this Group 1.

Kameko is no stranger to success with a notable victory in this year's 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.

But can he beat the likes of Ed Walker's English King and a host of Irish challengers from Aidan O'Brien's team?

This son of American sire, Kitten's Joy is fancied to go well on this auspicious occasion and horse racing fans will be watching with interest to see if this potential superstar of racing can wink an eye to Mill Reef. 

As far as horse racing stories go it is one of man and boy, father and son, and two thoroughbreds who could well be written in the history books of racing very soon. 

Good luck to all.