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Memorable moments from Derby Day 2024

We hope you had an unforgettable experience on Derby Day at The Betfred Derby Festival!

Explore today's highlights and catch up on the biggest stories by viewing our memorable moments below.

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City Of Troy (3-1 Favourite) shook off the disappointment of his QIPCO 2000 Guineas reappearance with a sensational performance to win the 245th Betfred Derby at Epsom Downs today.

The son of Justify secured a record-extending 10th Derby victory for trainer Aidan O’Brien and marked a fourth win for jockey Ryan Moore.

Racing on the inside, City of Troy settled towards the rear of the 16 runners while stablemates Euphoric and Los Angeles led. After rounding Tattenham Corner, City of Troy made eye-catching headway, taking the lead entering the final quarter mile. He ran on strongly to win by two and three-quarter lengths.

Ryan Moore told ITV Racing: “It was hard to know what would happen today, but I was very sure we still had the best horse before the race…We did a few things wrong at Newmarket, today we rectified it and put it right.”

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Apprentice jockey Joe Leavy had a dream debut at Epsom Downs, as Dream Composer (6-1) surged to a thrilling half-length victory in the Aston Martin ‘Dash’ Heritage Handicap over five furlongs.

Under the expert training of James Evans, the six-year-old son of Dream Ahead was perfectly positioned by Leavy. In a nail-biting finish, Dream Composer made a breathtaking challenge in the final furlong to overtake Looking For Lynda, sealing a memorable win.

Joe Leavy said: “It’s amazing, honestly absolutely amazing. For it to be in the Dash as well – I don’t think there’s a race in England like it! It was fast, it was furious, but it really suited my lad.

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Today, City of Troy's win marked consecutive Derby victories for Aidan O'Brien, securing his 10th triumph in the iconic race for the Tipperary-based trainer.

O'Brien, who first tasted victory in the iconic race in 2001 with the legendary Galileo, now celebrates double-digit wins 23 years later.

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Check out our photo gallery from today, will you spot yourself?


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