Commissioner King causes a shock as he wins the 2023 Saudi Derby

Commissioner King causes a 25/1 shock as he and Havnameltdown serve up a classic in the Saudi Derby with a stretch duel that will live long in the memory, with the local runner crowned the Saudi Derby Champion.

This really looked like a one-horse race on paper as the Bob Baffert-trained Havnameltdown went off as the chalk at 6/5 on the boards, and it was clear right from the off what the tactics would be from the Frankie Detorri-ridden runner.

As the gates opened, there was plenty of speed and it was Havnameltdown who was straight to the lead ahead of Ecoro Ares, and the eventual winner, and locally trained COMMISSIONER KING who sat out wide of the Baffert runner in the four-lane. Havnameltdown quickly widened by two lengths and at this point, he was clocked traveling at an astonishing 43 miles per hour.

As they sped down the backstretch, the pace was relentless and it was clear Detorri was trying to run the kick out of his rivals.

However, Commissioner King kept tabs on his rival, while in behind, the well-fancied Japanese runner Derma Sotogake was nicely positioned in a stalking position in the fifth spot but some 5 lengths off the speed.

As they exited the far turn it was still Havnameltdown at the head of affairs, but Commissioner King had closed to three-quarters of a length.

The leaders had now gone 4 lengths clear of their rivals, with Derma Sotogake now giving chase, but it was in vain as the leaders quickened again and went six lengths clear.

Both horses and jockeys now set down for the drive to the wire with neither giving an inch.

Considering how quickly they had gone it was to his credit that Havnameltdown was hanging tough, still a neck in front of his rival with a furlong to go.

As they hit the final sixteenth, Commissioner King finally got to his rival and edged away with just 50 yards to the wire for a famous local victory.

In behind, Derma Sotogake held well for third, while the Brazilian horse Es-Unico closed strongly to take the fourth spot, and is one to watch if going to Meydan in March for the Dubai World Cup meeting.

Saudi Derby 2023 Payouts

HORSEWINPLACE
1. Commissioner King 25/1$26$6.00
2. Havnameltdown 6/5$1.25
3. Derma Sotogake 9/2$1.90

Saudi Derby Race Video

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