Adayar wins Epsom Derby under superb ride from Adam Kirby
Adayar sprang a 16-1 surprise as he came home a wide-margin winner of the Cazoo Derby under a jubilant Adam Kirby at Epsom.
Trained by Charlie Appleby and only ridden by Kirby after he lost the ride on John Leeper to Frankie Dettori, the Godolphin-owned son of Frankel shot clear in the final furlong to give his handler a second win after Masar in 2018.
Richard Hannon’s Mojo Star, a 50-1 chance, ran a huge race to be four-and-a-half lengths away in second, with the winner’s stablemate Hurricane Lane another three-and-a-quarter lengths back in third.
Gear Up set the early gallop, with Kirby on his heels aboard Adayar and Youth Spirit also prominent in the early stages.
Favourite Bolshoi Ballet was also towards the head of the field, settled in fourth on the outside, while the well-fancied John Leeper was restrained in last place by Frankie Dettori until the field reached Tattenham Corner.
Gear Up started to drop away with two furlongs to run, allowing Kirby a run up the inside rail and he soon put daylight between himself and the field.
Mojo Star finished well from off the pace to take second, with Hurricane Lane also keeping on at the one pace for minor honours, but Adayar prevailed by four-and-a-half lengths.
Bolshoi Ballet and John Leeper were both ultimately well beaten and the result provided Kirby with a happy ending, after he was jocked off John Leeper earlier in the week in favour of Dettori.
Oisin Murphy was booked for Adayar, but Kirby then replaced him on Thursday.
Kirby told ITV Racing: “There’s been ups and downs, it’s racing, but when it comes to Charlie Appleby, he’s a top man. I can’t thank him enough. He’s a real gentleman and a great trainer.”
Appleby was delighted to have won the race for the second time after Masar prevailed also for Dubai’s Godolphin operation in 2018.
“I was really happy with a second Derby till Aidan (O’Brien who has won it eight times) patted me on the back and I realised I am about 38 (classic) wins behind him!” PA
Epsom Downs 4.30 result:
1 Adayar (A Kirby) 16-1 2 Mojo Star (David Egan) 50-1 3 Hurricane Lane (W Buick) 6-1