Carlton House’s trainer Sir Richard Stour believes the he has the ability to take an historic victory in the Investec Derby at Epsom next month – but remains cautious ahead of the race.
Owend by the Queen, victory in the Dante Stakes has meant he is being touted as the first ever Derby winner for the monarch.
Interest from the media after his victory in York has grown rapidly, and trainer Sir Michael Stoute and jockey Ryan Moore have been keen to shield him from the scrutiny, insisting that they are still “in the dark” over his potential.
“Of course one is more aware of the media expectation,” said Stoute “but hopefully, however I feel, it won’t make any difference to the horse.”
“He (Carlton House) seems to have come through the race well. The Dante was very slowly run, so we’re still in the dark as to how good he is. He will work on Saturday, which will be a bit of a loosener, and we’ll get a much better indication of how he has progressed since when we work him next Wednesday,” he added.
The trainer, who is going for his 6th Derby win, also revealed the Queen’s involvement in the build-up to the race and speaks to her before a race and reports back afterwards, saying: “She has shown a lot of interest, she adores her horses and it is a subject which engages her,” he said. “She follows it closely and it’s a great relaxation.”