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California Chrome wins Kentucky Derby and Designs On Rome stars in Hong Kong

California Chrome won the 140th Kentucky Derby impressively.

Sent off as the 5-2 favourite in the field of 19, California Chrome took command at the top of the stretch, scoring a one and three quarter length victory before a crowd of 164,906, the second-largest in Derby history, in a time of 2:03.66.

Art Sherman became the oldest trainer to win the Run for the Roses at 77. California Chrome was ridden by jockey Victor Espinoza.

California Chrome has now won his last four races by a combined 24 1/4 lengths. He is the fifth California bred winner of the prestigious event.

Meanwhile last weekend in Hong Kong “Hyperion” (Robert Bishop) witnessed a great race at Sha Tin where the John Moore trained Designs On Rome beat stablemate and defending champion Military Attack to seal a thrilling victory in the G1 Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup.

In battling to a neck triumph under Tommy Berry, Designs On Rome became only the third HKG1 BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m) winner to achieve success in the same season’s APQEII Cup, following Vengeance Of Rain (2005) and Ambitious Dragon (2011).

The top-class field of 10 featured South Africas G1 Dubai Duty Free runner-up Vercingetorix and Japanese star Epiphaneia. Vercingetorix had an unfortunate run and finished third, two lengths behind, while the Katsuhiko Sumii trained Epiphaneia was another two lengths away in fourth. BMW Hong Kong Derby third Dibayani was fifth.

"It will be very exciting to see Designs On Rome travel to race overseas next term", added Robert Bishop.

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