Aiden O’Brien’s Serpentine causes huge upset to win the Epsom Derby

Aiden O’Brien’s Serpentine causes huge upset to win the Epsom Derby


Aidan O’Brien’s Serpentine causes huge upset to win the Derby as 25-1 shot hacks up to land the British Classic by sixth lengths… after trainer tasted success with Love in the Oaks

  • Serpentine (25-1) shocked the pack with victory in the Epsom Investec Derby
  • Khalifa Sat (50-1) finished second whilst Amhran Na Bhfiann (66-1) came third 
  • Favourite Kameko (5-2) placed fourth as outsiders caused a huge upset

Serpentine created a huge shock as he made all for a 25-1 success in the Investec Derby.

Aidan O’Brien saddled six in the premier Classic – but it was Emmet McNamara’s mount who prevailed, having only shed his maiden tag at the Curragh last Saturday.

Serpentine appeared to be employed to help set the pace at the head of affairs, but the field allowed him to build up a huge lead and he was still well clear at Tattenham Corner, with Khalifa Sat and fellow O’Brien runner Amhran Na Bhfiann sitting in second and third.

Serpentine created a huge shock as he made all for a 25-1 success in the Investec Derby

Aiden O'Brien's Serpentine won the race by six lengths as he caused a huge upset at Epsom

Aiden O’Brien’s Serpentine won the race by six lengths as he caused a huge upset at Epsom

The main players were all trying to make their move in behind, but the winner had flown, coming home five and a half lengths clear, to give O’Brien a record eighth win in the race.

Khalifa Sat took second at 50-1 with Amrhan Na Bhfiann third at 66-1.

O’Brien had already tasted success earlier in the day as Love added another Classic to her CV as she galloped all over her rivals in the Investec Oaks at Epsom.

O'Brien had already tasted success earlier in the day as Love was victorious in the Oaks

O’Brien had already tasted success earlier in the day as Love was victorious in the Oaks

The trainer said: ‘We’re in a very privileged position to train such horses. The lads (Coolmore) put in so much day in, day out with the families and the bloodlines.

‘This filly is very special – it’s very hard that you could ever have a better filly. You saw what she did in the Guineas – winning by three or four lengths – and she doubled it today.

‘It’s only her second run of the year and it’s amazing really.’



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