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DERBY REWIND: Anthony Van Dyck secures Epsom glory in 2019

Anthony Van Dyck secured a memorable Derby victory at Epsom on this day two years ago



Horse Racing - Derby Festival - Epsom Downs Racecourse, Epsom, Britain - June 1, 2019 Seamie Heffernan celebrates after winning the 4.30 Investec Derby Stakes on Anthony Van Dyck Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs

On this day two years ago, Anthony Van Dyck rewarded Aidan O’Brien with a-then seventh win in the Epsom Derby as Ballydoyle dominated the 2019 renewal of flat racing’s greatest race.

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Less than a length separated the first five home, four of which were trained by O’Brien, with Kevin Prendergast’s Madhmoon picking up the silver medal.

Japan, Broome and Sir Dragonet also finished close in the frame, with stable-mate Circus Maximus back in sixth.


The son of Galileo had won the Derby Trial at Lingfield on his previous start and his Surrey success brought up a fifth career victory, his penultimate occasion being first passed the post until he he saw off Stradivarius in the Prix Foy at Paris Longchamp in September 2020.

Aidan O'Brien Trainer
Aidan O’Brien is the most successful trainer in the history of the Epsom Derby

His win gave the Derby’s winning-most trainer his first taste of glory in the race since 2017, following Masar’s heroics for Charlie Appleby a year earlier.

Last year, Serpentine made all in a remarkable front-running display with Ballydoyle now chasing a hat-trick in the contest on the Downs this weekend.

Bolshoi Ballet wins the Ballysax Stakes
O’Brien’s Bolshoi Ballet heads the bill for this Saturday’s Derby following his two Leopardstown successes this campaign

Retained rider Ryan Moore could side with High Definition who ran well in the Dante last month and sits second in the betting, ahead of 2,000 Guineas winning chief Jim Bolger’s charge Mac Swiney.

Jim Bolger
Trainer Jim Bolger celebrates after Dawn Approach ridden by Kevin Manning wins the 15.50 The QIPCO 2000 Guineas Stakes Race

Ed Dunlop’s John Leeper is considered best of the British thus far, just shorter than Hurricane Lane and William Haggas’s Mohaafeth.

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.