Outsider Adayar claims victory at the Epsom Derby

Adayar charges away from the pack to clinch victory at the Epsom Derby as jockey Adam Kirby takes dramatic win after he was replaced by Frankie Dettori on expected ride John Leeper

  • Adam Kirby was replaced by Frankie Dettori on board expected ride John Leeper 
  • He instead rode Adayar and took the 16-1 outsider to an unexpected victory 
  • Adayar charged away from the pack to win from Mojo Star and Hurricane Lane 

Adayar sprang a 16-1 surprise as he came home a wide-margin winner of the Cazoo Derby under a jubilant Adam Kirby at Epsom.

Trained by Charlie Appleby and only ridden by Kirby after he lost the ride on John Leeper to Frankie Dettori, the Godolphin-owned son of Frankel shot clear in the final furlong to give his handler a second win after Masar in 2018.

Richard Hannon’s Mojo Star, a 50-1 chance, ran a huge race to be four and a half lengths away in second, with the winner’s stablemate Hurricane Lane another three and a quarter lengths back in third.

Adam Kirby was replaced on John Leeper but instead rode Adayar to a shock Derby victory

The competition could not keep up when Adayar charged away from the pack at the end

Trainer Charlie Appleby holds the trophy after Adayar’s win – his second Epsom Derby victor

Gear Up set the early gallop, with Kirby on his heels aboard Adayar and Youth Spirit also prominent in the early stages.

Favourite Bolshoi Ballet was also towards the head of the field, settled in fourth on the outside, while the well-fancied John Leeper was restrained in last place by Frankie Dettori until the field reached Tattenham Corner.

Gear Up started to drop away with two furlongs to run, allowing Kirby a run up the inside rail and he soon put daylight between himself and the field.

The 16-1 underdog took the victory from Mojo Star, Hurricane Lane and Mac Swiney

Mojo Star finished well from off the pace to take second, with Hurricane Lane also keeping on at the one pace for minor honours, but Adayar prevailed by four and a half lengths.

Bolshoi Ballet and John Leeper were both ultimately well beaten and the result provided Kirby with a happy ending, after he was jocked off John Leeper earlier in the week in favour of Dettori.

Oisin Murphy was booked for Adayar, but Kirby then replaced him on Thursday.

Kirby told ITV Racing: ‘There’s been ups and downs, it’s racing, but when it comes to Charlie Appleby, he’s a top man. I can’t thank him enough. He’s a real gentleman and a great trainer.’

As late as Wednesday night Kirby had been expected to ride John Leeper at the Cazoo Derby

Dettori and John Leeper made a late charge after a slow start but were well beaten

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