16th Pakistan Derby win

Royal Ransom became Oliver’s 11th consecutive Pakistan Derby winner (his 16th in total since 2001) when taking the 2,400m Championship race by seven lengths from another of Oliver’s runners, War It Is (by Nathaniel).

Royal Ransom was bred by Abdul Mamdot’s Qadirabad Stud and is their 10th Derby winner. His sire, Dunhill Star (by Danehill), was exported by Oliver to Pakistan – he is now 20 years old and has sired four Derby winners.

The winner’s dam is Quality Road (PAK), who won the Derby herself in 2011 and also produced last year’s Derby winner, California. Quality Road is the product of two other Oliver exports in sire Replay and dam Spring Music.