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Cazoo Derby Festival wrap up: Crowds, Snowfall and Adam Kirby

6 Jun 2021

Round up of all the Champions Series action from Epsom Downs on Friday and Saturday

Adayar and Adam Kirby stole the show in the Cazoo Derby

The dust has settled on a brilliant Cazoo Derby Festival – and what a treat it served up. Two days of action-packed racing on the historic Epsom Downs course saw crowds return, magnificent performances, and brilliant headlines for the sport.

Crowds

Firstly, it was superb to have crowds returning to the Cazoo Derby Festival having been behind closed doors in 2020. Although not full capacity, the atmosphere generated hugely added to the spectacle and no doubt brought the occasion to life for those watching at home.

Adam Kirby and Adayar

Having lost the ride on John Leeper earlier in the week, Adam Kirby earned the ultimate reprieve by steeling the show in Saturday’s feature. His daring ride down the far side rail on Adayar to win the Cazoo Derby was exceptional.

Let’s not forget the horse though – a top, top performance on the biggest stage. His turn of foot was captured perfectly by our Jockey Camera on Tom Marquand riding Youth Spirit – look at Adayar powering away in the final two furlongs!

Snowfall

Arguably the performance of the season so far by this filly. Few, if any horses win a British Classic in the style that Snowfall did in the Cazoo Oaks – triumphing by an incredible 16 lengths.

Frankie Dettori was at his brilliant best of course, his evergreen form and enthusiasm light up on the big stages – even at the age of 50! Those present at Epsom on Friday delighted in seeing the Italian produce his trademark flying dismount after notching up a 21st British Classic.

It was another record for Aidan O’Brien as well who has now trained a record-equaling 40 British Classics.

Gutsy Pyledriver

Few horses in training have a better story than Friday’s Coral Coronation Cup winner Pyledriver. Unsold for £10,000, William Muir’s stable star is the ultimate rags-to-riches story.

He earned his first Group 1 win with an incredibly tough performance to deny red-hot favourite Al Aasy on Friday. Having been headed in the final furlong, Pyledriver refused to back down in a gruelling finish. He pulled out a little extra just when he needed under Martyn Dwyer, and took home the spoils. What a race!