Upset Serpentine wins Epsom derby for O’Brien


A week after breaking his young daughter, Serpentine pulled a huge shake-up on Saturday in the Group 1 Epsom Derby.Starting at a 31-1 rating in the American markets, intern Aidan O’Brien went straight ahead under jockey Emmet McNamara in the 1½ mile classic. Serpentine built a comfortable lead from the start in the field of 16 3-year-olds, as Khalifa Sat, The soldiers’ song and Max Vega chased.

Serpentine widened its lead down the hill, building it to an advantage of 12 lengths around the last corner. There was never any doubt about going home, as the foal Galileo started for a score of six lengths.

O’Brien scored his eighth record victory at the Epsom Derby the same day he clinched his eighth triumph at Epsom Oaks (G1). The coach also won the race last year with Anthony Van Dyck.

The Epsom Derby marked only the fourth start of Serpentine’s career and her debut in stakes. He made three blank weights for the age starts, picking up his first win on June 27 at Curragh.

Khalifa Sat and Amhran Na Bhfiann, both also racing on Saturday with massive odds, finished second and third respectively. They combined with the winner Serpentine for an exacta of $ 1 which paid $ 1,643.90 on the American markets and a trifecta of $ 1 which brought in $ 29,882.90.


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