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It is entirely appropriate that Jonny Hill, the Sale Sharks and England lock, will hold his stag party at Epsom while watching the Derby, the pinnacle of the Flat season, on June 3. This is the man who, when introduced to Sir Alex Ferguson at the team’s training base in Carrington, sidestepped the football career of the most successful Premier League manager and instead grilled him about horse racing.
Hill, a regular at his local Ludlow track as a youngster, has a growing investment in racing. That includes sending his mare to Golden Horn, who was named the 2015 European Horse of the Year after winning the Epsom Derby, Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Irish Champion Stakes and Eclipse Stakes, and coming second in the