Tuesday 25 June 2019

Van Dyck completes trainer's magnificent seven

Aidan O'Brien. Photo: Sportsfile
Aidan O'Brien. Photo: Sportsfile

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Anthony Van Dyck's Epsom Derby win saw Aidan O'Brien become the first modern-day trainer to send out seven winners of the premier Classic - a feat last achieved by Fred Darling in 1941. Here, we take a look at his previous six.

Galileo, 2001 (Michael Kinane)

Magnificent in beating a high-class field by three and a half lengths. He followed up in the Irish Derby and won the King George.

High Chaparral, 2002 (Johnny Murtagh)

O'Brien had three runners, but it was High Chaparral who beat stablemate Hawk Wing by two lengths. Another to do the English-Irish Derby double, the son of Sadler's Wells also won the first of his two Breeders' Cup Turfs that year.

Camelot, 2012 (Joseph O'Brien)

History was made, as Aidan and the then 19-year-old Joseph became the first father-son/trainer-jockey combination to win the race. Irish Derby glory would also follow, and Camelot was agonisingly denied the Triple Crown when beaten by Encke in the St Leger.

Ruler Of The World, 2013 (Ryan Moore)

Powering clear from a furlong out, he ran on strongly to beat Dante winner Libertarian. Beaten at odds-on in the Irish Derby, his only subsequent success came at Longchamp.

Australia, 2014 (Joseph O'Brien)

O'Brien became the first to train three consecutive Derby winners when Australia went a couple of places better than his third place in the Guineas. The Irish Derby and Juddmonte International also came his way, but he did not run again after losing to The Grey Gatsby when long odds-on for the Irish Champion Stakes.

Wings Of Eagles, 2017 (Padraig Beggy)

The unheralded Padraig Beggy had his moment in the sun in a 40-1 shock, becoming the longest-priced winner since 1974. O'Brien would go on to set a world record in training 26 Group/Grade One winners.

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