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Epsom classics: Sectional timing analysis
Timeform's Adam Houghton analyses the sectional times from the Oaks and Derby at Epsom on Saturday to see where each race was won and lost.
The build-up to this year’s Derby in the media seemed even more intense than usual, largely due to the unusual circumstances that saw the race staged four weeks later than scheduled and in front of empty stands.
At least sort some of normality was expected to return once the stalls opened on Saturday and, in many ways, it did. It was certainly no surprise to see an outsider trained by Aidan O’Brien making the running, whilst it wasn’t unexpected that the winner would also hail from Ballydoyle, in the process providing O’Brien with a record-breaking eighth success in the race.
However, the fact that the identity of those two horses – the front-runner and the winner – was the same did give cause for surprise, with Serpentine and Emmet McNamara making just about every yard of the running to win by five and a half lengths in a result which will ensure that this year’s Derby continues to generate more discussion in the days and weeks to come.