Six years after Pour Moi finished with a brilliant turn of foot to win the G1 Derby at Epsom, his son Wings Of Eagles (3c Pour Moi-Ysoldina, by Kendor) emulated his father in fabulous fashion on Saturday.
Padraig Beggy, having his first ride in the world-famous Classic, waited patiently – just as the then newcomer Mickael Barzalona had done on Pour Moi – and swooped late to score by three-quarter of a lengths.
Stablemate Cliffs Of Moher (3c Galileo-Wave, by Dansili) was in second to give Aidan O’Brien another Classic 1-2 and his sixth Derby success.
“This was a nice horse last year, Colm (O’Donoghue) liked him and he ran a lovely race at the back-end in France. Then we took him to the Chester Vase, where he ran well. Seamie (Heffernan) rode him and was delighted. He had been working well since.
“You never really know going into this race. They are all bred for it and until you test them on this course over a mile and a half you don’t know how they will do – anything can happen,” said Aidan O’Brien.
“Padraig was always going to take his time and he gave the horse a brilliant ride. He had the horse nice and balanced and was in a great position coming down the hill.”
Beggy added: “He gave me a great feel going down and they went quick, so I followed Ryan [Moore] on the best horse in the race and let him take me into it. A furlong down I thought I’d win if I got a run. His father won here and I had a good draw.
“I had a bit of bad luck in running but probably got there at the right time in the end.
“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.”