Derby double for Aidan O’ Brien

Irish training maestro Aidan O’Brien made modern day history saddling the first two past the post in the 2000 Guineas and the Derby in the same season.

High Chaparral (Johnny Murtagh) outstayed stablemate Hawk Wing (Mick Kinane) the 9-4 favourite in the Vodafone Derby.

With the weather conditions against him, Hawk Wing arrived at High Chaparral’s quarters at the two furlong marker poised to pounce, but his powerful limbs had no more to give and he failed to see out the mile-and-a-half in such stamina sapping conditions.

” I have been in the same position before with Mick breathing down my neck,” said Johnny Murtagh after his win. “And I knew it was him coming after me. I could see and hear it was him and I was glad when I gave high Chaparral a crack he responded the way he did. But I don’t think I should repeat what Mick said to me!”

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