Epsom Derby: Aidan O'Brien continues dominance as 40/1 outsider Wings of Eagles causes shock

Jockey Padraig Begg celebrates aboard Wings of Eagles (Photo: PA)
Jockey Padraig Begg celebrates aboard Wings of Eagles (Photo: PA)
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Wings Of Eagles caused a huge 40-1 upset in the Investec Derby at Epsom to propel jockey Padraig Beggy into the limelight.

With only two behind him with three furlongs to run, the son of 2011 Derby winner Pour Moi came from the clouds to claim his Aidan O'Brien-trained stablemate Cliffs Of Moher in the dying strides.

Wings of Eagles, a 40/1 outside, came from behind to take the lead near the finish (Photo: PA)

Wings of Eagles, a 40/1 outside, came from behind to take the lead near the finish (Photo: PA)

The result had looked like going with the form book as Cliffs Of Moher just got the better of the two Frankel colts, Cracksman and Eminent, inside the final furlong.

But that was not taking into account Wings Of Eagles, the apparent Ballydoyle fifth string, who provided O'Brien with a sixth Derby winner.

Beggy, having his first ride in the race, said: "That's my first ride, but when you're riding one for Aidan you don't worry about the price, they always have a chance.

"I had a bit of bad luck in running but probably got there at the right time in the end."

Aidan O'Brien has won three of the four classic this season (Photo: PA)

Aidan O'Brien has won three of the four classic this season (Photo: PA)

There was a strong gallop set by The Anvil and carried on by Douglas Macarthur.

Cracksman - the 7-2 favourite - was never too far away under Frankie Dettori for John Gosden, and did well to stay on like he did.

Eminent made his move down the centre of the track in the hands of champion jockey Jim Crowley, with Ryan Moore taking Cliffs Of Moher on his outside.

But just when Cliffs Of Moher looked to have the race in the bag, Wings Of Eagles, who was second to stable companion Venice Beach in the Chester Vase, hit top gear to win by three-quarters of a length.

Cracksman was another neck back in third.

Beggy added: "A furlong down I thought if I get a run I'd win, I knew Ryan had gone, but in fairness to the big horse his best furlong is his last, which makes a big difference. I don't get to sit on many beasts like this at the races, so I'm going to enjoy it.

"I'd nearly given up on the big days, but Aidan O'Brien has made it happen. It's happy days."