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Epsom Derby: Masar wins as favourite Saxon Warrior finishes fourth

Epsom Derby: Masar wins as favourite Saxon Warrior finishes fourth

Masar was third at Newmarket last monthMasar denied odds-on favourite Saxon Warrior to win the Derby at Epsom and give trainer Charlie Appleby his first classic.Aidan O'Brien had five runners in a field of 12 and was seeking a record-equalling seventh Derby.But Saxon Warrior could only finish fourth as 16-1 shot Masar, ridden by William Buick, claimed a first Derby triumph for the Godolphin stable.
Dee Ex Bee (20-1) was second, with 6-1 shot Roaring Lion third.
bbc.comO'Brien claimed his second classic of the season on Friday when son Donnacha rode Forever Together to a four-and-a-half length victory in the Oaks.Had he made it five wins out of five, unbeaten 2,000 Guineas winner Saxon Warrior was expected to attempt the Triple Crown - last achieved by Nijinsky in 1970 - by competing in September's St Leger.But O'Brien's hopes of an Epsom double were thwarted as jockey Ryan Moore could find no way through a congested field in the one mile four furlongs showpiece.Masar, third behind Saxon Warrior and Tip Two Win in the 2,000 Guineas last month, surged to victory by one and a half lengths in the Surrey sunshine.Appleby, runner-up with Wild Illusion in the Oaks, said: "It's not sunk in yet. It still feels a dream."I'm delighted for His Highness Sheikh Mohammed - firstly for giving me the position to be here. I've always said when I started this job I wanted to be the first person to have a Derby winner in Godolphin blue."Buick, twice a winner of the St Leger, said: "I've come close a couple of times. I've had seven or eight rides and I was wondering if my time was ever going to come."He stayed the trip; he travelled beautifully. The Guineas didn't happen for him, but he's a very good horse and the team believed in him."Since I wanted to be a jockey this was the day I was dreaming of."Donnacha O'Brien, who also won the 2,000 Guineas, was ninth on Kew Gardens.
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