MIDAS TOUCH (IRE)
b c Galileo (IRE) – Approach (Darshaan); Form: 314-1
Owner: Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Denford Stud; Trainer: Aidan O’Brien IRE Breeder: Shadow Song Syndicate
Midas Touch will be bidding to follow in the footsteps of O’Brien’s previous Investec Derby winners Galileo (2001) and High Chaparral (2002) having won the Group Two Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown last time out on 9 May, running on strongly to defeat Address Unknown by two lengths.
His career began at Gowran Park in September last year, when he finished third to stable companion Jan Vermeer, before he got off the mark in a seven-furlong Curragh maiden on 12 October. The 2009 campaign ended with a fourth place, again behind Jan Vermeer, in the Group Criterium International at Saint-Cloud on 1 November.
Midas Touch is the second foal of Approach, a Listed winner over 10 furlongs who is herself a half-sister to the French 2,000 Guineas winner Aussie Rules.
Denford Stud is the new racing entity of a Saudi Arabian prince whose family are no strangers to success at Epsom. Prince Faisal Salman’s late brothers Fahd and Ahmed respectively won the Investec Derby in 1991 with Generous and 1999 with Oath. Prince Faisal has always raced on a smaller scale to his brothers although he owned the 1996 Nassau Stakes winner Last Second and bred her classic-winning son Aussie Rules. Prince Faisal, who previously bred as Belgrave Bloodstock, began keeping mares at Kirtlington Stud when a student at Oxford although last year completed the move to his own 135-care Denford Stud near Hungerford in Berkshire. He has around 15 mares, including a couple in the US, and among them is his 2002 May Hill Stakes second Approach, a daughter of Last Second and the dam of Midas Touch.
Trainer Paul Webber is racing manager to Salman, a member of the Saudi royal family and a cousin of leading owner Prince Khalid Abdulla.
Race Record: Starts: 4; 1st: 2; 2: -; 3: 1 Win & Place Prize Money: £81,171