Epsom Derby: Anthony Van Dyck gives O'Brien record-equalling seventh Derby
Jun 05 2019
Completing the O'Brien septet are Circus Maximus, Norway and Sovereign as the trainer looks to join Robert Robson, John Porter and Fred Darling as a seven-time Derby victor.
Indeed, the Galileo bloodline has become so strong that he was related to all 13 Derby runners - including O'Brien's seven-strong team. It turned out he was holding all of them.
"These races are so competitive and so tough". It's incredible. We never thought we would be in the position we are in now.
The Derby declarations did not tell us a great deal; the big day was Monday when Sir Dragonet and Telecaster were supplemented.
The closeness of the finish suggests it was not a vintage Derby and there must be a chance when the O'Brien team clash again in next month's Irish version the result might be different.
O'Brien has restated the plan is likely to be for Saturday's Investec Derby victor to bid for a famous double in the Irish equivalent at the end of this month - while Oaks runner-up will be ready to take on open-age Group One company in the Juddmonte Pretty Polly Stakes on June 28.
Irish jockey, Chris Hayes, having his first mount in the Premier Classic, was denied by the late surge of Anthony Van Dyck along the far-side rail at Epsom, just when it looked as though Hayes would join Mickael Barzalona and Pádraig Beggy as an Investec Derby victor on his first ride in the contest.
He added: 'He is second to none as a horseman and jockey and also as a fella'.
Though Heffernan said he was 'always confident, ' that did not look the case to the impartial observer. A prominent racer, strong traveller and willing scrapper who won a major trial on his third start is a solid option in any year, and in this field, he looks a good bet at 5-1. It doesn't matter whether they are favourite or a big price, as he trains them all for the big day.
Sir Dragonet and Madhmoon - trained by the 86-year-old Kevin Prendergast - were disputing the lead racing inside the final furlong, but Anthony Dan Dyck darted up the inside of the pair and galloped on strongly against the far rail.
"I think the lads (Coolmore) had it in their head that he would come back to the Curragh if everything went well".
The big disappointment was the Hughie Morrison-trained and Oisin Murphy-ridden Telecaster, who finished last just a fortnight after winning York's Dante Stakes.
Another who did not run at two, he was second to Andrew Balding's Bangkok on his debut at Doncaster.