Salouen (3c Canford Cliffs-Gali Gal, by Galileo) features among 10 second entries added yesterday for this year’s premier Classic, the £1.5 million Investec Derby, which has the richest prize money ever offered in Britain.
Trained in Lambourn by Sylvester Kirk, Salouen broke the two-year-old course record time at Windsor with an impressive display in a mile maiden (pictured) in August. The Canford Cliffs colt went on to acquit himself well in two of Europe’s top juvenile G1 races over the same trip.
After taking second behind National Defense in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Chantilly, at the start of October, Salouen stayed on strongly to finish third behind Rivet and Yucatan in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster 20 days later.
Kirk said today: “Salouen is in good shape and the plan is to get him to Epsom for the Investec Derby. He has done really well over the winter, strengthened up lovely and could not be better at the moment.
“He performed well last year and definitely deserves the entry. Being of a Galileo mare gives me hope that he will get the mile and a half. You never know until you try, but he looked to stay well last year.
“We think he wants fast ground as he broke the two-year-old course record at Windsor on good to firm ground, although he did run well in the Racing Post Trophy on soft ground.
“I don’t know where he will start off yet. We will put him in all the good Derby trials and just see how the ground is looking nearer the time.”