Wings of Eagles wins English Derby with Queen in attendance

It's the richest horse race in Britain but the Epsom Derby only received its name on the toss of a coin

It's the richest horse race in Britain but the Epsom Derby only received its name on the toss of a coin

Jockey Padraig Beggy, riding his first Derby, timed Wings of Eagle's surge for the line just right as he shot through the field in the final half furlong.

With only two behind him with three furlongs to run, the son of 2011 Derby victor Pour Moi came from the clouds as O'Brien won the Classic for the sixth time.

Cliffs of Moher had looked certain to deliver jockey Ryan Moore's third victor in the blue riband of the flat after he collared Dettori on Cracksman entering the final furlong.

Wings Of Eagles, the apparent Ballydoyle fifth string, provided O'Brien with a sixth Derby victor.

When you sit on one of his horses you've always got a chance, whatever the price is.

South African racing fans had plenty of interest in the race courtesy of the Mayfair Speculators runner Douglas Macarthur, a stablemate to the top two, who cut out a pace from the break that would have almost matched anything seen on our Scottsville Tsogo Sun Sprint day Gr1 jackpot of a few weeks ago. Cracksman, ridden by Frankie Dettori, was third.

With only two horses behind him with three furlongs to run, Beggy led Wings of Eagles on a late charge to beat Cliffs Of Moher in the dying strides.

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A confident-looking Oisin Murphy may have got a fright as eventually Emenem closed to within a neck of Drochaid (11/2), with Desert Skyline another length back in third.

Owners Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith picked up their seventh Epsom Derby victory, six of them with O'Brien-trained horses. "A furlong down I thought I'd win if I got a run". I had almost given it up.

"Padraig is a brilliant rider", O'Brien said. It was Beggy's first ride in the race.

"With Ryan's horse (Cliffs Of Moher), we were just slightly anxious that he was a bit of a baby and he just exhausted in the last 50 yards, but Padraig gave Wings Of Eagles a great ride". He told ITV Sport: "What can I say he is a world-class rider, he is tactically very aware". I said to myself if I get a run I'll win. I am delighted and he is an improving horse. He's a little bit of a baby and just got a little bit exhausted. I got there in the end. M. V. Magnier purchased Wings of Eagles as a yearling from the 2015 Arqana August sale for €220,00 ($244,398).

Then, Beggy and Wings Of Eagles swept from nearly last to first to claim the race. "There was a multi-million pound swing in the result and luckily it went in our favour, as the victor was completely friendless".

They said this was a wide open renewal but few expected Wings of Eagles to deliver, with others boasting much stronger claims.

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