Following all the ‘musical chair’ style switching after the Derby declarations on Thursday morning, it was Adam Kirby who planted himself on the winning seat when the music was turned off at Epsom.
The 32-year-old was set to ride Ed Dunlop’s John Leeper, but he was moved aside in favour of Frankie Dettori.
Following that news, Charlie Appleby decided to book the experienced jockey to ride 16/1 shot Adayar instead of champion jockey Oisin Murphy.
What happened next was nothing short of a fairytale.
After an awkward start, the three-year-old made up some ground to track the leading Gear Up.
Coming around Tattenham Corner, it was looking like the son of Frankel was going to be swamped by the inbound field.
But Kirby pushed his mount on and he plugged on gamely, edging into the lead with two furlongs remaining.
The colt continued to pull away and strode clear of his challengers, winning by a comfortable four and a half lengths.
Mojo Star ran a cracker to finish second at odds of 50/1 for Richard Hannon, while Hurricane Lane claimed third for Appleby.
Hannon had experienced some joy earlier in the card, as eight-year-old Oh This Is Us continued his rapid progress out of handicap company to land his first Group success in the Diomed Stakes.
It looked like Simon & Ed Crisford’s Century Dream was going to land his third success in the contest but the 18/1 outsider got up in the very last stride, snatching victory by a nose.
Parent’s Prayer (one of our value picks) relished the return back up in trip in the Group 3 Princess Elizabeth Stakes, as the filly made all to claim success on the Epsom Downs for Archie Watson.
The four-year-old was allowed to dictate the pace in front and she remained unchallenged throughout, winning by two and a quarter lengths.
Ian Williams landed a double on the card, with Mokaatil (another one of our value picks) bounced back to form with success in the World Pool “Dash” Handicap while Ejtilaab snatched victory in the final stages to land the Tokyo Trophy.
Solent Gateway caused an upset in the 1m2f Handicap as he claimed victory at odds of 28/1 for Tom Dascombe, while Alan King’s Midnights Legacy landed the 1m4f Handicap.