Ireland’s Aidan O’Brien coached a record 41st British Classics winner on Friday as his filly won Tuesday’s Epsom Oaks, with winning jockey Ryan Moore saying the record is likely to stand forever.
O’Brien, 52, won his tenth Oaks, seven wins in the 1000 Guineas, ten 2000 Guineas, eight Derbies and six St Legers.
He breaks a record he held with 19th-century England coach John Scott.
Two of Epsom’s great pillars weren’t there to see the record fall.
Queen Elizabeth II has twice won the Oaks as its owner, but the 96-year-old monarch has chosen not to attend the race meeting, which is part of her platinum jubilee celebrations to mark her 70th jubilee to the throne.
However, there will be events honoring their connections to the track on the Saturday before the Derby, which has been renamed this year in honor of nine-time winning jockey Lester Piggott, who died last Sunday aged 86.
A wreath in the colors of Nijinsky – perhaps his greatest derby winner in 1970 – was laid at the statue of Piggott at the racecourse ahead of Friday’s race.
The Queen, an avid racer who reads the Racing Post over breakfast each morning, would have loved this year’s edition of the Oaks.
Tuesday just edged out unlucky favorite Emily Upjohn, who stumbled at the start and lost a lot of ground only to do incredibly well under Frankie Dettori.
However, it was Ryan Moore and Tuesday – on their third birthdays – who just kept trying to emulate their sister Minding, who won the Oaks in 2016.
“She has so much class, I always thought she had it, and even here, when she was a little lazy, she eventually found that little something extra,” Moore said.
“I always thought I would win.”
– “A Solid Race” –
Moore said his admiration for O’Brien knew no bounds.
“He’s incredible, we always use those terms like ‘genius,’ but he’s so detailed,” Moore said.
“What he did we’ve never seen before and probably won’t do it again.”
O’Brien, who has never blown his own trumpet, said the win was “amazing” and praised the team from his County Tipperary stables.
However, Dettori was distraught at his misfortune.
“She lost her footing when she broke out of the stable and almost fell,” said the Italian.
“Otherwise she would have won.”
Hollie Doyle had hoped to become the first female jockey to win a British Classic but the 25-year-old had to settle for third place at the coveted Nashwa, as did Emily Upjohn, who was coached by John Gosden.
She and husband Tom Marquand had already made history by becoming the first married couple to compete as jockeys in a British classic.
“She raced solidly,” said a rather dejected Doyle, although her placing by a female jockey in a British classic was by far the best.
“We know we definitely have a Group 1 filly on our hands. It didn’t happen today, but I’m sure there will be many other days.”
The Coronation Cup, the other Group 1 race of the day in which Piggott won a record nine times, went to Hukum, who easily edged Dettori over last year’s winner and favorite Pyledriver.
The win was trainer Owen Burrows’ first in a Group One race and gave both jockey Jim Crowley and owner Shadwell their first Coronation Cups.
It was a welcome boost for Burrows as he lost many horses as Shadwell severely reduced the number of horses in training since the death of patriarch Shekih Hamdan al Maktoum last year.
“We felt it massively,” Burrows said.
“We have reduced numbers but it’s still a huge thrill for me that I’m still training for Shadwell and for Sheikh Hamdan’s family and hopefully this will document that we’re getting the job done and attracting a few more owners and horses can in
“It was brilliant in terms of timing.”