Hazapour entered the Derby picture on Sunday, 13 May when running out the authoritative winner of the G3 Derrinstown Derby Trial Stakes at Leopardstown. The son of Shamardal, who was making his seasonal debut, became Dermot Weld’s ninth winner of the race and will now head to Epsom to try to emulate his close relative Harzand, winner of the Derby in 2016.
His trainer was glowing in praise after the race, “He's a horse I really like. He won his maiden well at Galway from a good horse of Aidan's (Hunting Horn) and he's progressed and developed over the winter – he worked beautifully the other morning."
Declan McDonogh was equally in awe, saying, “He travelled so smoothly – like a dream – and I’m sure he’ll come on for that again. He’s a really nice horse.”