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Instead, he was given the Godolphin third string Adayar to ride on Cazoo Derby Day – and what a ride in turned out to be. A first British Classic win on a beautiful day at Epsom, in front of crowds for the first time since 2019.
Gear Up and Youth Spirit took the field along in the opening stages of the race, closely tracked by Ryan Moore and hot-favourite Bolshoi Ballet – Aidan O’Brien’s only runner in the race. It wasn’t until rounding Tattenham Corner that the race began to unfold.
Gear up was first off the bridle as runners from midfield began to creep closer, including Hurricane Lane, Mac Swiney and eventual second Mojo Star. Bolshoi Ballet could not go with the pace and began to lose ground.
Taking the shortest route, Adam Kirby crept down a charmed passage on the far side rail, and began to push his mount forward four furlongs out.
The response was gradual, but effective, as he nudged into the lead. Most of his rivals were toiling at this point, and the colt engaged his stamina on the run in. It looked as if only stablemate Hurricane Lane or Mojo Star could catch him, but in truth the race was won with over a furlong to go.
Kirby then pushed his mount out, passed the line several lengths ahead and the jockey let out a huge roar in delight.
Mojo Star and the young David Egan riding in the race for the first time claimed second. Godolphin stablemate Hurricane Lane and William Buick a further two lengths back in 2nd.
After the race, a delighted Adam Kirby, said: “Quite unbelievable, it hasn’t sunk in yet. I can’t thank Charlie Appleby enough, he is the most loyal man.”
“I just hope my mother and my kids were watching!”
Adayar would go on to cement his position at the top of the British Racing tree with an awesome victory in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes at Ascot.
The “gentle giant” as he’s known at home showed his Derby victory to be no fluke as he put a small but elite field to the sword; Group 1 winners Love, Mishriff and Broome were all no match for the son of Frankel as he burst clear to win in style.