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WATCH: Final moments of 2020 Derby

Serpentine awarded Aidan O’Brien with a second Derby win in as many years at Epsom last season



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Serpentine scored a remarkable Derby success at Epsom Downs in 2020 under Emmet McNamara to give Aidan O’Brien a second Derby win in two years.

A 25-1 shot having only won a maiden event at the Curragh six days before, a superb front-running victory for the Ballydoyle contender left his opponents toiling in his wake as he sauntered to a five-and-a-half length victory in Surrey.

serpentine wasn’t for catching in the 2020 derby at epsom downs [credit: racing tv]

2,000 Guineas winner Kameko was sent off as 5/2 favourite for Oisin Murphy but could only finish fifth, with stable-mate Khalifa Sat claiming second.

Amhran Na Bhfiann, who remains a maiden to this day, finished third under William Buick.

The winner would finish fourth in his next two outings at Longchamp and Ascot, respectively.

Rescheduled as a result of the covid-19 pandemic, the Derby Festival was held behind-closed-doors a month after its original scheduled date.

It proved to be a fruitful day for Aidan O’Brien and Ballydoyle, as Love landed the Oaks earlier in the afternoon under Ryan Moore

It was hosted on the same day as the Fillies Classic, the Oaks, with the pair usually separated across two days.

  1. Serpentine (25/1)
  2. Khalifa Sat (50/1)
  3. Amhran Na Bhfiann (66/1)

INTERESTING DERBY FACT: Serpentine became the sixth Coolmore winner of the Derby in the last decade, following victories for Camelot, Ruler Of The World, Australia, Wings Of Eagles and Anthony Van Dyck.

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.