Van Dyck masters Epsom to triumph; the derby.
The Sunday Post's Reg Moore scattered the Epsom bookies yesterday, when his Derby Nap Anthony Van Dyck romped home at 13/2. one of seven runners for Irish trainer aiden o'Brien, even star jockey ryan moore picked wrong, he rode unplaced favourite sir dragonet.
anthony Van dyck raced in mid-division for much of the way, and still had more horses ahead of him than behind inside the final quarter-mile sir dragonet and madhmoon - trained by the 86-year-old Kevin prendergast - were disputing the lead racing inside the final furlong, but anthony Van dyck darted up the inside and galloped on strongly against the far rail.
madhmoon boxed on for second to deny o'Brien a clean sweep, with another Ballydoyle inmate in Japan flying home to finish third, ahead of his stable companions Broome and sir dragonet in fourth and fifth respectively.
o'Brien said: "It's incredible. I'm so delighted for everyone and privileged to be part of the team.
"the lads (John magnier, michael tabor and derrick smith) put so much in and everyone who works in Ballydoyle and coolmore - all the way along. there's so many people, from the ground up to the riders, that I'd like to thank."
Winning jockey seamie Heffernan said: "I was following ryan moore (on sir dragonet), who I thought was the biggest danger. It was a big ask for sir dragonet on just his third run, but mine had danced every dance.
"I've been around plenty of derby winners, I rode his father in a trial and won it. It means a lot to win it.
"I'm always confident riding for aidan. anything can happen, it doesn't matter whether they are favourite or a big price - he trains them all for the big day.
"I haven't had to take a pull going down to the two pole and wait for a run in a long time - I was confident I was going to get plenty of money."
Seamie Heffernan celebrates Derby success on Anthony Van Dyck