Trainer Aidan O’Brien recorded his 8th Epsom Derby win today, as Serpentine and jockey Emmet McNamara proved to be a runaway success, winning by over 5 lengths ahead of the Andrew Balding trained Khalifa Sat.
Having went off at 25/1, Serpentine, under McNamara, was given an early lead, which grew to nearly 15 lengths at one point. This proved to be enough of a margin for Serpentine to retain the lead until the winning post, in a well judged ride. O’Brien also trained the 3rd placed horse Ambhran na BhFiann.
Meanwhile earlier in the day O’Brien recorded his 8th Epsom Oaks winner, as Love proved to be an emphatic winner over stablemate Ennistymon who followed her home in second. In victory Love recorded the fastest ever time for the Epsom Oaks, completing the course in 2 minutes 34.06 seconds.
Both winners, Serpentine and Love are the progeny of prolific Coolmore sire Galileo, who won the Epsom and Irish Derby’s himself in 2001, and has since sired a record 5 Epsom Derby winners.
O’Brien, who was born and reared in Killegney, Co.Wexford has further extended his lead in the all time winning-most trainer of the Epsom Derby. His previous 7 victories were Galileo (2001), High Chaparral (2002), Camelot (2012), Ruler of the World (2013), Australia (2014), Wings of Eagles (2017) and Anthony Van Dyck (2019).
His 7 previous winners of the Epsom Oaks were Shahtoush (1998), Imagine (2001), Alexandrova (2006), Was (2012), Qualify (2015), Minding (2016) and Forever Together (2018).