Wings Of Eagles springs a 40-1 surprise in the Derby

Filed on 3 Jun 2017 @ 16:27

Second crop Classic winner for Pour Moi

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Wings Of Eagles (Pour Moi), the winner of a Killarney maiden last August and second in the Chester Vase last time, was a surprise 40-1 winner of the Investec Derby at Epsom on Saturday, coming with a powerful late run to collar his stablemate Cliffs Of Moher. Cracksman was third.

Winning rider Padraig Beggy said: "That's my first ride [in the race], but when you're riding one for Aidan you don't worry about the price, they always have a chance. I had a bit of bad luck in running but probably got there at the right time in the end.

"A furlong down I thought if I get a run I'd win, I knew Ryan had gone, but in fairness to the big horse his best furlong is his last, which makes a big difference. I don't get to sit on many beasts like this at the races, so I'm going to enjoy it.

"I'd nearly given up on the big days, but Aidan O'Brien has made it happen. It's happy days."

Aidan O'Brien added: "His lad at home was delighted with him. We thought he was a very nice horse last year, he ran a lovely race at the back-end in France and then ran a lovely race at Chester.

"I couldn't be happier, and obviously I'm delighted with Cliffs Of Moher but he's a bit of a baby and his next run will be something to look forward to.

"Paddy is a world-class rider, he has a great mind and is always very aware - I'm delighted for him, I can't tell you how delighted we are to have him working with us.

"Ryan's horse got there and just got tired, but Padraig gave the winner a great ride. He had him in a lovely rhythm, nice and balanced.

"Seamus (Heffernan) rode him in the Vase and he ran a really good race, he's been working well since then.

"We were worried Cliffs Of Moher just came to hand late, it was a rush to get him to Chester, we had to have a run, if he hadn't he wouldn't have been here.

"It's possible the first two could go to the Irish Derby if the lads want to.

"I'd imagine Cliffs Of Moher is open to the most improvement, Ryan just felt the last half a furlong was a bit much today but he's only a baby."

Filed on 3 Jun 2017 @ 16:27