Anthony van Dyck gives O'Brien record-equalling seventh Derby

London (AFP) –


Anthony van Dyck gave trainer Aidan O'Brien a record-equalling seventh winner in the Epsom Derby on Saturday.

The 49-year-old Irishman had seven runners out of 13 in this year's edition of English flat racing's premier event, with Sir Dragonnet highly fancied.

But it was Anthony van Dyck, a 13/2 shot, who came with a run on the inside under jockey Seamie Heffernan to win ahead of the fast-finishing Madhmoon and Japan.

"It's incredible; I'm so privileged to be part of the team," O'Brien told ITV Racing. "There are so many people involved that I would like to thank.

"These races are so competitive and so tough. I'm so privileged, delightful and grateful to the team."

Heffernan said he had no doubts about his mount after Anthony van Dyck came under pressure in the final furlong.

"I knew he would be with me when I needed him," Heffernan said. "It was a big ask of him, but he's danced every dance. I'm happy."