Stunning Serpentine win in Derby at Epsom

Serpentine, trained by Aidan O'Brien and ridden by Emmet McNamara, has won the Derby at Epsom Downs.

SERPENTINE winning the Investec Derby at Epsom in England.
SERPENTINE winning the Investec Derby at Epsom in England. Picture: Megan Ridgwell/Pool via Getty Images

Long-shot Serpentine has pulled off a huge shock as he made all the running to win the Derby and claim Britain's richest horse race at a near silent Epsom Downs.

Aidan O'Brien saddled six in the premier classic on Saturday but it was Emmet Mcnamara's mount who prevailed, having only shed his maiden tag at the Curragh last week.

Serpentine appeared to be employed to help set the pace at the head of affairs but the field allowed him to build up a huge lead and he was still well clear at Tattenham Corner, with Khalifa Sat and fellow O'Brien runner Amhran Na Bhfiann sitting in second and third.

The main players were all trying to make their move in behind but the 25-1 winner had flown, coming home 5 1/2 lengths clear to give O'Brien a record eighth win in the race.

"It's unbelievable really. He has some pedigree and we always thought he would stay well," O'Brien said.

"He always had the Derby pedigree. He took a bit of time to come last year and just had the one run.

"Then this year he had his first run at the Curragh over a mile and a quarter and was hemmed in and couldn't get out but he won very impressively last week.

"I'm absolutely delighted for Emmet. He gave him an incredible ride, so I'm over the moon."

Khalifa Sat took second at 50-1 with Amhran Na Bhfiann third at 66-1.

The Derby was plundered by a jockey who had never ridden in it before nor won any race of any kind since October.

"I've been saving myself!" the 30-year-old said.

"Aidan O'Brien filled me with a huge amount of confidence, so it's not a complete surprise.

"He told me if we got things right he was one horse who actually could win the Derby

"I actually did believe him. If he tells you the sky is green, you believe him."



Epsom Downs

Saturday, 04th July 2020

6
16:55
(local)

Investec Derby (Group 1) (G1)

Age: 3yo WT: 126lbs
GBP £500,000
1m4f6y TURF GOOD
6
16:55
(local)
GBP £500,000
1m4f6y GOOD

Investec Derby (Group 1) (G1)

Age: 3yo WT: 126lbs
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 14. SERPENTINE (IRE) 3yo C
GALILEO (IRE) - REMEMBER WHEN (IRE)
E J MCNAMARA
A P O'BRIEN
$26.00
126lbs
MRS JOHN MAGNIER,MR M TABOR & MR D SMI
2nd 7. KHALIFA SAT (IRE) 3yo C
FREE EAGLE (IRE) - THERMOPYLAE (GB)
TOM MARQUAND
ANDREW BALDING
$51.00
126lbs
AHMAD AL SHAIKH

Sales Information

3rd 1. AMHRAN NA BHFIANN (IRE) 3yo C
GALILEO (IRE) - ALLURING PARK (IRE)
WILLIAM BUICK
A P O'BRIEN
$67.00
126lbs
DERRICK SMITH & MRS JOHN MAGNIER & MICHAEL TABOR

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4th 6. KAMEKO (USA) 3yo C
KITTEN'S JOY (USA) - SWEETER STILL (IRE)
OISIN MURPHY
ANDREW BALDING
$3.50
126lbs

Sales Information

5th 3. ENGLISH KING (FR) 3yo C
CAMELOT (GB) - PLATONIC (GB)
FRANKIE DETTORI
ED WALKER
$4.33
126lbs

Sales Information

6th 9. MOGUL (GB) 3yo C
GALILEO (IRE) - SHASTYE (IRE)
RYAN MOORE
A P O'BRIEN
$8.00
126lbs

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7th 13. RUSSIAN EMPEROR (IRE) 3yo C
GALILEO (IRE) - ATLANTIC JEWEL (AUS)
J A HEFFERNAN
A P O'BRIEN
$7.00
126lbs
8th 15. VATICAN CITY (IRE) 3yo C
GALILEO (IRE) - YOU'RESOTHRILLING (USA)
P BEGGY
A P O'BRIEN
$9.50
126lbs
9th 4. GOLD MAZE (GB) 3yo C
GOLDEN HORN (GB) - ASTONISHING (IRE)
DAVID EGAN
MRS J HARRINGTON
$151.00
126lbs

Sales Information

10th 5. HIGHLAND CHIEF (IRE) 3yo C
GLENEAGLES (IRE) - PINK SYMPHONY (GB)
B A CURTIS
PAUL COLE
$21.00
126lbs
11th 12. PYLEDRIVER (GB) 3yo C
HARBOUR WATCH (IRE) - LA PYLE (FR)
MARTIN DWYER
W R MUIR
$17.00
126lbs

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12th 10. MOHICAN HEIGHTS (IRE) 3yo C
AUSTRALIA (GB) - MOHICAN PRINCESS (GB)
ANDREA ATZENI
DAVID SIMCOCK
$26.00
126lbs

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13th 11. MYTHICAL (FR) 3yo C
CAMELOT (GB) - INCHMINA (GB)
JAMES DOYLE
A P O'BRIEN
$101.00
126lbs

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14th 8. MAX VEGA (IRE) 3yo C
LOPE DE VEGA (IRE) - PARAPHERNALIA (IRE)
HARRY BENTLEY
R M BECKETT
$34.00
126lbs

Sales Information

15th 2. EMISSARY (GB) 3yo C
KINGMAN (GB) - SOVIET MOON (IRE)
JIM CROWLEY
H PALMER
$41.00
126lbs
16th 16. WORTHILY (USA) 3yo C
POINT OF ENTRY (USA) - VIGNETTE (USA)
M HARLEY
JOHN GOSDEN
$41.00
126lbs