It’s incredible – I’m so privileged – ace O’Brien in record equalling seventh Derby win with Anthony Van Dyke

By Andrew Atkinson

ANTHONY Van Dyke was successful in giving trainer Aidan O’Brien a record equalling seventh Investec Derby win at Epsom under jockey Seamie Heffernan in the 240th running of the world’s richest Flat race.

“It’s incredible and I’m so privileged to be part of the team. There’s so many people involved. I’m grateful,” said jubilant Ballydoyle ace O’Brien, 49, picking up a near £1m winner’s cheque.

Seamie Heffernan celebrates his Investec Derby win on Anthony Van Dyke.
Seamie Heffernan celebrates his Investec Derby win on Anthony Van Dyke.

Anthony Van Dyke landed the Classic at odds of 13-2 ahead of Madhmoon and Japan, with O’Brien saddling seven of the 13 runners in the mile-and-a-half race, with Broome finishing fourth – giving O’Brien three of the top four.

“These races are so competitive and so tough. We were just hoping and Seamie gave him a great ride,” added O’Brien.

“Seamie has been waiting so long. I’m delighted for him,” said O’Brien.

Heffernan, riding in his twelfth Derby, said: “I knew he would be with me when I needed him. It was a big ask – but he’s danced every dance. I’m happy.”

Smile please: Anthony Van Dyke.
Smile please: Anthony Van Dyke.

Favourite Sir Dragonet, and Circus Maximus, ridden by Frankie Dettori, backed down from 20-1 to 10-1, were both unplaced – to the relief of the bookies.

Telecaster was disappointing, having been well supported in the betting, leading up to the race: “He did everything right before the race – but on the day he ran a little bit flat,” rued jockey Oisin Murphy.

 

 

 

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