Unfancied outsider grabs prize
Edinburgh Cup; Investec Derby; France/Scotland
Pat Cosgrave rode the 12/1 chance to a two and a quarter lengths victory over St Michel with Regal Monarch finishing third.
The Newmarket trainer won the race in 2010 with Harris Tweed while Cosgrave had long been absent from the East Lothian course.
An estimated attendance of 6,300 enjoyed glorious sunshine, though it was not a day for picking winners. Ordinal (5/2) for Mark Johnston and the David Pipe trained Impulsive American (11/10) were the only favourites to oblige.
Harzand, who had been an unlikely starter ahead of the Derby because of injury, made a remarkable recovery to win the Blue Riband event at Epsom.
The Aga Khan’s colt beat off the challenge of US Army Ranger and Idaho, all three trained in Ireland. It was a first victory in the race for trainer Dermot Weld and jockey Pat Smullen.
Yet Harzand was nearly withdrawn just before the race when he was found to have lost a shoe, so that one of his front feet required icing.
Harzand had been fancied in the race build up, his odds shortening from 20/1 last week to his 13/2 starting price.
A 3-0 defeat in Metz was the heaviest of Gordon Strachan’s regime and, as in the game against Italy, the Scots failed to muster a single attempt on goal.
Didier Deschamps’ team controlled a match which confirmed Strachan’s claims that the Scots were ‘scared’, but also lacked some basic skills which were horribly exposed last night.
The visitors were undone by two goals from Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud in the first 35 minutes and four minutes later by his club team mate Laurent Koscielny.
France: Lloris; Sagna, Koscielny, Rami, Evra (Digna 83); Pogba, Matuidi (Cabaye 69), Kante, Matuidi; Payet (Martial 46), Giroud (Gignac 63), Coman (Griezmann 46).
Scotland: Marshall; Martin, Greer, Hanley, Robertson (Mulgrew 46); D Fletcher, McArthur (McKay 83); Snodgrass (Kingsley 66), Maloney (Anya 46), Ritchie; S Fletcher (Naismith 57).