On the record: Aidan O’Brien, Sophie Doyle, John Quinn and more …

• The week’s significant milestones

Horse Racing Serpentine Epsom Investec Derby
Record breaker: Serpentine becomes Aidan O’Brien’s eighth Derby winner. Photo: Racenews

8 Aidan O’Brien

GB: Aidan O’Brien broke the record for Derby winners when he saddled Serpentine to become his eighth winner of the Epsom Classic on Saturday [July 4]. He goes one ahead of Robert Robson, John Porter and Fred Darling, who all trained seven.

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O’Brien’s previous Derby winners are Galileo (2001), High Chaparral (2002), Camelot (2012), Ruler Of The World (2013), Australia (2014), Wings Of Eagles (2017) and Anthony Van Dyck (2019).

Love won the Oaks on Saturday to seal the Derby/Oaks double for the trainer, a feat he had last completed in 2012 with Camelot and Was.

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Galileo is now the most successful Derby sire of all time with five winners. His other scorers are New Approach (2008), Ruler Of The World (2013), Australia (2014) and Anthony Van Dyck (2019).


265 Emmet McNamara

GB: With his extraordinary victory on Serpentine, Ballydoyle backroom boy Emmet McNamara became the third rider this century to win on his Derby debut at Epsom. It was the jockey’s first winner of 2020, his most recent previous success having come on 25-1 shot Celtic High King in a Leopardstown maiden on October 19 – 265 days before his Classic success.

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300 Sophie Doyle

USA: British expat Sophie Doyle landed her 300th victory in North America when she partnered Scott Doyle-trained D’Rapper for a black-type win in the Iowa Sprint on Sunday [July 3].

G1-winning rider Doyle, the sister of Godolphin rider James, completed a double on Orange, her only other ride on the card at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, just outside Des Moines. She also had 66 winners to her name in Britain before crossing the Atlantic nearly seven years ago.


1,000 John Quinn

GB: Dual-purpose trainer John Quinn landed his 1,000th career success when Safe Voyage powered home to claim the Surrey Stakes in track-record time on Saturday’s Derby card [July 4] at Epsom.

“It’s great to get there, finally,” said North Yorkshire-based Quinn. “I think we’ve been training 25 years and in my first year we had two winners, in the second year we had one winner and in the third year we had four, so it was a slow burner!”

He has trained G1 winners both on the Flat (The Wow Signal, Prix Morny 2014) and over jumps (Countrywide Flame, Triumph and Fighting Fifth 2012).


1,000 David Allan

GB: Northern weighing-room stalwart David Allan reached 1,000 winners in Britain when he partnered the Chris Wall-trained Turntable to win a mile handicap at Doncaster on Sunday [July 5].

For so long associated with the Tim Easterby stable, Allan’s overall winning tally is vastly in excess of 1,000 owing to his highly successful annual winter trips to India, where he is the most successful overseas rider in history with a plethora of Classic victories to his name. They include three Indian Derbys.


21 Donnacha O’Brien

France: Ireland’s reigning champion jockey Donnacha O’Brien hung up his boots after winning the title for 2019. On Sunday [July 5], he saddled only his fourth winner as a trainer – in the Prix de Diane with Fancy Blue. At the age of 21, he is now a Classic winner as both jockey and trainer.


500 Tom Marquand

GB: A double at Chepstow on Friday [July 3] took Tom Marquand to the 500-winner mark in the UK. The Rod Millman-trained Sir Plato brought up the landmark in a 7f handicap.


2,000 Miguel Mena

USA: Miguel Mena recorded his 2,000th victory in North America on Friday’s card [July 3] at Ellis Park, where he went wire-to-wire on Substantial to win a maiden on turf; he also won 50 races in his native Peru.

“I’ve been riding since I was 16,” said Mena, 33. “I came to America when I was 17 years old and I came with a lot of dreams.

“I came very hungry to work my butt off. I’m so grateful to this country. It has given me a better life, not only for me but for my family in Peru as well. I’m very thankful to America.”


3.65m Cezanne

USA: Carrying the Coolmore colours, Bob Baffert-trained Cezanne won his second race on Thursday [July 2] with a solid performance against overmatched rivals in a $45,000 allowance race on his two-turn debut at Los Alamitos.

Sent off at 1-10, the son of Curlin was a $3.65million purchase in March 2019 at Fasig-Tipton’s select sale of two-year-olds in training. He is a best-priced 12-1 for the Kentucky Derby on September 5.

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