It would be an exaggeration to suggest that Padraig Beggy became an overnight sensation when winning the 2017 Investec Derby on Wings Of Eagles but it is safe to say plenty of racegoers were not familiar with him.
Riding the apparent Aidan O’Brien fifth string in the race – Wings Of Eagles stated 40-1 – Beggy came with a fantastic late surge to take the spoils. On Betfair, his mount nudged 599-1 in-running.
“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,” said Beggy. “I’ve rode for a lot of trainers but Aidan looks at a horse in a different way to everybody else. He is there night, noon and morning, he looks at them head to toe.”
The 35-year-old is part of the team at Ballydoyle but was having just his second ride in Britain in the past five years and, overall, just his ninth winner in Britain. In Ireland last year he rode one winner from 66 rides, and just one from 26 the year before that.
The 2017 Investec Derby is his only Series win to date.