Serpentine surprises O'Brien to win The Derby

05 July 2020 03:37:00 GMTPlus10

Aidan O'Brien described Serpentine as "unbelievable" after his sensational win in The Derby at Epsom.

The Coolmore-supremo had already seen Love claim the Oaks and doubled up as Emmet McNamara guided the son of Galileo home for a five-and-a-half-length win ahead of Andrew Balding's Khalifa Sat.

Another O'Brien inmate in Amhran Na Bhfiann made it home in third ahead of Kameko, who disappointed in finishing fourth.

Serpentine made his seasonal reappearance last weekend at the Curragh, again partnering McNamara to break his maiden.

Connections are now looking ahead, with a run in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe being talked about.

O'Brien admitted that even he was surprised by the performance but in all, was delighted to claim his eighth Derby win.

"It's unbelievable really. He has some pedigree and we always thought he would stay well," he said.

"I'm absolutely delighted for Emmet. He gave him an incredible ride, so I'm over the moon. They all run on their merits and we give them the best instructions for each horse to win the race. He stayed well and there was no point waiting with him with no pace.

"We are always delighted if one of them wins."

The St Leger on 10th September has also been suggested for Serpentine as preparation for a potential trip to Longchamp.

The three-year-old is 4.50, while he can be backed at 13.00 for the Arc.

Stablemate Love is 4.00, while Kameko is 21.00 and John Gosden's two-time winner Enable, who is set to return in Sunday's Eclipse at Sandown, is 3.50.

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