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Quick guide Horse racing tips for Thursday 31 May Read more Share on Pinterest Horse racing Lingfield Park 1.40 Breakfast 2.10 Blackfyre 2.40 Jackblack 3.10 Hint Of Grey 3.40 Stormingin (nap) 4.10 The Night King 4.40 Red Island 5.10 Renny’s Lady (nb)Wolverhampton 1.50 Musical Art 2.20 Billy Booth 2.50 Captain Lars 3.20 Kingofthesingers 3.50 Soldiers Bay 4.20 Glorious Asset 4.50 Caledonia Laird 5.20 False Id Hamilton Park 2.00 Delft Dancer 2.30 Jabbarockie 3.00 Logi 3.30 Jabbaar 4.00 Lady Nathaniel 4.30 Diamond Avalanche 5.00 Troop Ffos Las 6.00 Misty Bloom 6.30 Le Curieux 7.00 Halo Moon 7.30 Thoonavolla 8.00 Wells De Lune 8.30 Arian 9.00 Bee An Aristocrat Chelmsford City 6.10 Castelo 6.40 Zac Brown 7.10 Vale Of Kent 7.40 Mesquite 8.10 Shailene 8.40 Qeyaadah 9.10 Karam Albaari Tips by Greg Wood. Thank you for your feedback. features “You have to get a bit of help from above, from whoever or whatever, and we were always very fortunate,” he says. “It’s not about religion, it’s just about not being arrogant. Anyone who’s that arrogant, who thinks they’re so great that they did it on their own without any help, they’re talking nonsense.“Most start-ups will fail, and they will fail because they will look at things like systems, flow charts, cash flows, structures, all those things which are tangible. It’s like the iceberg where you don’t see the 80% below the water, and in a business that 80% is to do with the people and the culture. I have no privileges above anyone else, I go to the canteen like anyone else, we don’t have drivers or any of that rubbish.”Bankers are never going to enjoy a thoroughly wholesome public image, but Kantor, who will retire from Investec this year, feels like an antidote to the relentlessly negative PR directed towards his profession in recent years. His enthusiasm for the Derby is genuine and infectious, and the most important day of his life as a racehorse owner will once again be one of the busiest of his working year.“I could not believe it was possible that anyone would give it [the sponsorship] up,” he says. “I showed our marketing guy at the time, who was not a racing guy, and he took one look and said, ‘this is not for real’. It’s the biggest one‑day event in the English calendar, and with the history there, you feel that you are responsible for a piece of English heritage. There’s only one Derby, it’s the greatest Flat race in the world and we want to keep reminding people of that.“I’m trying not to think about Young Rascal until the day, and I’ll be happy whoever it is that I’m handing the trophy to. It’s a busy working day for me and I’m busy arranging things this week. There will be a lots of guests there on the day who I’ll be looking after. I’ll be running around and seeing people and it will be tiring, but I’m very happy to be tired for one more year.” Hide center_img Share on Facebook Support The Guardian The Derby … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. 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It’s pretty low at about 60 at the moment but I will not be calm at 4.29pm on Saturday, I can assure you.”The news that 21mm of rain fell at Epsom on Tuesday night to raise the prospect of some cut in the ground on Saturday will do nothing to ease Kantor’s nerves. Young Rascal’s stamina for the 12-furlong trip on Saturday is guaranteed, while rivals including Saxon Warrior, the odds-on favourite, and Roaring Lion, second in the betting, are stepping up in distance. Soft ground, or even good-to-soft, could shave the edge from their speed and put Young Rascal in a position to strike for home in the final quarter‑mile.As he showed at Chester this month, Young Rascal has a potent finishing kick for a staying horse. He was caught in a pocket in the closing stages of the Chester Vase, but chased down the leader with something to spare when he finally found some space to attack. It is a moment that Kantor has clearly replayed many times in his mind.“You can see him hesitate and look a bit left and right,” Kantor says. “His legs are going but he’s not quite sure what to do. Then he gets through and then.” He claps his hands loudly, and his heart is clearly racing once again. “You can just see the difference in the speed. There was no way they were ever going to catch him.”Kantor admits that there has been “a huge amount of luck” involved in reaching the point where one of the handful of horses he owns could win the race that he has sponsored since 2009. But then, he looks back and sees fortune playing a part in his business success too, as well as the fact that Investec sponsors the Derby in the first place. Share on Twitter Share via Email The Derby 2018 It is a long time – almost an entire working life, in fact – since Bernard Kantor could be cast in the role of the little guy. Forty years after he helped to set up a small leasing and finance company in South Africa, it has grown into Investec, the sponsor of the Derby at Epsom on Saturday and a banking and investment business that manages more than £150bn of clients’ funds. But when he walks into the parade ring before the Classic this weekend, there is one sense at least in which Kantor will once again be the smallest of fry in a very big pond.No matter which colt wins on Saturday afternoon, Kantor, Investec’s managing director, will be there on the podium afterwards to hand over the trophy to the winning owner. John Magnier’s Coolmore syndicate, Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin, the Aga Khan and Qatar Racing are among the immense and lavishly funded bloodstock operations with live contenders. And there is also the owner of Young Rascal, the third-favourite, who has just five horses in training. If he wins, Kantor will be in the happy position of presenting the prize to himself. 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