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Adam Kirby and Adayar enjoyed shock Derby win
Adam Kirby and Adayar enjoyed shock Derby win

Adayar lands shock Derby win

The Charlie Appleby-trained Adayar produced a brilliant performance to win the Epsom Derby on Saturday and become the first winner from stall one since Oath in 1999. 

Under the guidance of Adam Kirby, who was initially booked to partner John Leeper for Ed Dunlop, before being replaced by Frankie Dettori, Adayar triumphed by four-and-a-half lengths over Mojo Star in second. 

Speaking about where Adayar will be sent next, Appleby said: "We'll let the dust settle but we always thought it (the St Leger) was going to be his target. 

"If I'd had my way he might have run in the Vase, but we'll give that a swerve now!" 

Kirby also reacted after the win, telling ITV Racing: "There's been ups and downs, it's racing, but when it comes to Charlie Appleby, he's a top man. 

"I can't thank him enough. He's a real gentleman and a great trainer." 

Snowfall set for Curragh outing

The Irish Oaks appears to be Snowfall's next target
The Irish Oaks appears to be Snowfall's next target

Trainer Aidan O'Brien has suggested Snowfall could be sent to the Curragh next month to compete in the Irish Oaks following Friday's Epsom win. 

The daughter of Deep Impact cruised to a record 16-length victory in the Oaks, pulling clear of Mystery Angel to provide jockey Frankie Dettori with a 21st Classic winner. 

Speaking about the plans for Snowfall, O'Brien said: "We'll see how she comes out of the race before deciding on anything but the Irish Oaks would look an ideal race for her on what she did yesterday. We'll see how she is over the next while." 

Mendizabal retains St Mark's Basilica ride

St Mark's Basilica will once again team up with Ioritz Mendizabal
St Mark's Basilica will once again team up with Ioritz Mendizabal

Ioritz Mendizabal will once again partner the Aidan O'Brien-trained St Mark's Basilica in Sunday's Qatar Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly, with the duo looking to pick up from where they left off. 

The duo combined to win the Poule d'Essai des Poulains at ParisLongchamp last month and Friday's draw for the Jockey Club has been very kind, with the pair placed in stall two. 

Colin Keane has been booked to ride Van Gogh, also from O'Brien's yard, as a 19-strong field will be battling it out for victory at Chantilly. 

Villiers title hopes dashed

Angus Villiers set for another spell on the sidelines
Angus Villiers set for another spell on the sidelines

Jockey Angus Villiers says he's unlikely to challenge for the apprentice title after suffering a second fall in the space of seven months. 

The 19-year-old, attached to Richard Spencer's Newmarket yard, has only recently returned to the saddle following a nasty fall at Wolverhampton in November last year, in which he punctured his liver and bruised a lung. 

Villiers is now heading back to the sidelines for a potential eight weeks after going over the handlebars of his mountain bike last Sunday and fracturing his shoulder. 

He told Racing Post: "It couldn't have come at a worse time as I was trying to get a push going for the apprentice title and was riding for plenty of different trainers."

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