Normally after such a tumultuous Classic duel, with the classy Keen Winner overcoming such a proven top-grade performer as Housemaster, it would be the horses themselves who capture centre stage. Not this time. First-season South African trainer Tony Millard is the immediate post-Derby talking point more so than his four-year-old son of Selkirk who in the space of seven short months, and just five outings, has been nurtured from a Class Three rating of 67 to Derby glory and a new assessment of 116 and climbing. Millard is yet another example of the South African phenomenon. As the great republic has risen from its slumbers, and shaken off the yoke of its utterly repugnant apartheid regime, its sportsmen have been taking on the rest of the world and beating them from horse racing to golf to cricket to rugby union. The jockeys who have come here full time - Basil Marcus, Robbie Fradd, Felix Coetzee and Dougie Whyte - have all been the most marvellous success stories and a credit to their profession. They are popular with trainers, owners and the punting public and there hasn't been so much as a whiff of controversy surrounding them. They've played hard and they've won. Millard gives the same impression. Hard, determined, knows his stuff inside out and driven by a burning, almost all-consuming desire to succeed. Maybe, consciously or subconsciously, those years in the sporting wilderness fire them to these levels of achievement. The underlying motive is rather academic. The results are what count and for the public the advice has to be to keep backing Millard's horses. His handling of Keen Winner is the most meteoric progression through the ranks since the legendary River Verdon won the 1991 Derby. The David Hill-trained River Verdon admittedly started as an unraced PPG in Class Four before trouncing All-Rounder Graham et al. But River Verdon was also starting for the fifth time that season and he'd gone into the Derby having won only a Class Two handicap off a rating of 78 by three-quarters of a length. Keen Winner's immediate pre-Derby victory was from a mark of 76 in the same grade. It is premature to extend the comparisons any further. Keen Winner has a long way to go to match River Verdon's accomplishments. But the signs are there is more to come, a tongue tie has made all the difference as since it was fitted he's won three in succession. In pondering the question, who has been the bigger success story, Millard or Keen Winner, Millard would have succeeded with or without a Derby winner given the way he's improved virtually every horse to come his way. But would Keen Winner have defeated Housemaster without Millard? Quite possibly not. Electronic Unicorn didn't get to the Derby at all on Sunday. The selection panel, sitting for the first time rather than relying on ratings and comprising director of racing Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, senior handicapper Ciaran Kennelly and deputy handicapper T. W. Lam, didn't pick him. To some extent these kind of arguments are always going to arise. There are only 14 slots to fill and many more than 14 candidates. And to their credit, Keen Winner, one of the most exciting Derby winners in year, wouldn't have been in the race under the old procedures and Electronic Unicorn wouldn't have even got close. But the case for Electronic Unicorn's inclusion must not be overlooked. He ran a fast-finishing third in the Classic Trial and while that race was run at a dawdle, the argument actually works in Electronic Unicorn's favour. He came from virtually last in the Classic Trial and to do that and run into third off such a slow pace was an enormous effort. He should have been in the Derby and the race was poorer for his exclusion. It does no favours, either, to the domestic Pattern the Jockey Club is trying to develop and promote. The Classic Trial is a domestic Group One. The Derby selection panel by omitting Electronic Unicorn have, probably unwittingly, thumbed their noses at it. Among others, they preferred Temmoku, a well-beaten third last time in a domestic Group Three handicap where the majority of the field were not even in the handicap. If the Pattern - of which domestic Group One events are the pinnacle - is to mean anything, it must be recognised by its own creators. Otherwise the Classic Trial might as well be renamed Another Meaningless Set-Weights Event Two Weeks Before The Derby.