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What the jockeys said after the Investec Derby

4 Jun 2017

Find out what the riders had to say after the Epsom showpiece

A jubilant Padraig Beggy celebrates winning the Derby on Wings Of Eagles. Picture: Racingfotos.com

Padraig Beggy, won on Wings Of Eagles: “The main thing is that you are riding for Aidan O’Brien in colours like these – you don’t worry about the price because they always have a chance. He gave me a great feel going down, he probably pulled a little hard. I was a bit unlucky in running but I probably got there at the right time in the end.

Ryan Moore, second on Cliffs Of Moher: “He ran a great race and I thought I had it won. He possibly got a bit tired at the line.”

Frankie Dettori, third on Cracksman: “He is a bit raw and immature. He was on and off the bridle but came home good.”

Jim Crowley, fourth on Eminent: “He had every chance. I got squeezed at the top of the hill and then coming down the hill. The other horses have just had a change of gear but he has run a cracker. He didn’t travel that well but had every chance. A big horse like that, he will be better on a flat track. He will give us a good spin in the Irish Derby.”

Oisin Murphy, fifth on Benbatl: “I am very happy with the run, he finished good but we probably went a bit too quick for him. He just did not travel early but finished very well in the straight.”

Seamie Heffernan, sixth on Capri: “I am running out of years to try and win it.”

Colm O’Donoghue, seventh Douglas Macarthur: “He ran a good race and I am delighted.”

James Doyle, on ninth Glencadam Glory: “He ran good. Just a touch gassy in the first half and we paid the price in the home straight.”

William Buick, on 10th Permian: “We had a nice run through. He travelled well and relaxed and I was very happy with him. He picked up and found a length [on the leaders] but that was all he found.”

Adam Kirby, on 11th Dubai Thunder: “He ran a lovely race and I am really pleased with him.”

Donnacha O’Brien, 12th on Venice Beach
: “He ran OK, but he wants further.”

Fran Berry, on 13th Salouen: “I nearly fell at the road, I got badly checked. He did extremely well to recover after that. Who knows where he would have finished as he was travelling well at the time.”

Pat Smullen, 14th on Khalidi: “He has run a good race – they went very fast and I rode him for a bit of luck down the inside, got stopped a little bit and at the top of the straight but he would have run a mid-division race. He ran solidly.”

Wayne Lordan, 16th on Rekindling: “I travelled fine for the first half of the race, but when we got rolling down the hill he got very unbalanced. I just don’t think the track suited him.”

Ana O’Brien, 17th on The Anvil
: “It was as brilliant experience and I am delighted to have been given the opportunity, I owe a huge amount of thanks to all the owners. He appreciated stepping up in trip.”

Silvestre De Sousa, 18th on Pealer: “He wasn’t good enough.”