‘We had a hopeless task’ – Martin Dwyer rues Derby luck on Pyledriver

Pyledriver was the victim of early interference at Epsom on Saturday which left him with a hopeless task of trying to win the Investec Derby, according to his jockey Martin Dwyer.

PYLEDRIVER winning the King Edward VII Stakes at Ascot in England.
PYLEDRIVER winning the King Edward VII Stakes at Ascot in England. Picture: Edward Whitaker/Pool via Getty Images

Dwyer, who won the Derby in 2006 on Sir Percy, went into Saturday's Classic believing he had a strong chance of adding a second success with the Royal Ascot winner trained by his father-in-law William Muir.

But from a stall three draw, the colt got caught in scrimmaging as the field crossed from the far rail to the inner after about two furlongs and was shuffled back to the rear, from which he made only limited headway to finish 11th, nearly 15 lengths behind runaway winner Serpentine.

"It was a messy race," said Dwyer. "You can see why it's hard to win from a low draw because you either have to boot up to the front and use a lot of petrol or you need a lot of luck.

"Early on I had a decent position, I was where I wanted to be in the midfield behind Ryan [Moore on Mogul] with Frankie [Dettori on English King] on my inside. 

"But then I just got hampered badly and it knocked me back through the field and that was my race over pretty much from there. I was right at the back of the field with too much ground to make up and that was my race gone. It was very frustrating but that can happen in a Derby, especially if there is a full field."

Dwyer went on: "It was bizarre because the two went off in front and the whole group of us were all on top of each other, and when the field switches over there are horses four or five deep that don't want to be there so all the pressure comes onto you on the inside. I got hampered, lost my position and that was it. From where I was then it was just a hopeless task.

Jockey - MARTIN DWYER
Jockey - MARTIN DWYER Picture: Racing and Sports

"I could never get into it from there," he added. "It was frustrating because the horse never got a chance to show what he could do. There will be good races in him going forward but that's one of those things that can happen."

Serpentine, one of six Aidan O'Brien runners, made virtually all the running under Derby debutant Emmet McNamara and poached too much of a lead for the rest of the field to make up as he won by 5½ lengths.

Assessing the result, Dwyer said: "The winner must be a good horse the way he did it. It was a bizarre race. It seemed like some people were riding conservatively because they weren't sure their horses would get a mile and a half. The winner went pretty quick and just kept going.

"Where Frankie was, and I was, was hopeless, but it was a bit like being stuck behind articulated lorries on the motorway with a Ferrari at the front that keeps getting away from you. It was a funny race."

Dwyer said Pyledriver was likely to be given a break having run three times this season.

"I think William is going to let the horse chill out, give him a little break, and have a look at the second half of the season," he said. "He was talking about a race in France and I suppose the St Leger could be a possibility but I think a mile and a half is probably his best trip.

"There will be other days but you never got a chance to see what he is capable of. Things didn't go our way."


Horse Racing Planet



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

Sales Information

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

Sales Information

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

Sales Information

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

Sales Information

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

Sales Information

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