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ADAYAR: 2021 Derby winner officially the highest-rated horse in Britain

Derby and King George winner Adayar is now officially the best horse in Britain after his Ascot success

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Adam Kirby and Adayar Epsom

With a rating of 127, Epsom Derby hero Adayar is now officially the highest-rated flat horse in Britain in the aftermath of his Ascot win on Saturday.

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The Classic-winning colt, trained by Charlie Appleby, landed the seasonal feature on the Downs last month under Adam Kirby before taking a second Group 1 in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

In doing so, he became the first horse to land such a double since the late, great Galileo in 2001.

WATCH: ADAYAR WINS THE 2021 EPSOM DERBY [CREDIT: RACING TV]

The son of Frankel is a general 5-1 shot to win the St Leger at Doncaster later this year, second-favourite behind stable-mate Hurricane Lane, whom he saw off in Surrey back in June.

Hurricane Lane Longchamp
Hurricane Lane is the current St Leger favourite and fancied to overturn the tables with Adayar if the pair rematch in Yorkshire in September

And Godolphin’s retained rider William Buick could have a tough decision to make should the pair clash again in just under two months’ time.

He was full of praise for his mount in Berkshire on Saturday afternoon, who duly saw off Saudi Cup winner Mishriff and duel-Classic winning mare Love with relative ease.

WATCH: ADAYAR THUMPS HIS RIVALS IN THE KING GEORGE [CREDIT: AT THE RACES]

He told Sky Sports Racing: “It was an amazing performance. He looked very good at Epsom and he’s confirmed that today against older horses.

“He’s a very big horse and when he was younger he didn’t know how to channel his power. Now he knows how powerful he is. He’s an amazing horse to ride.”

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.

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