Tuesday, trained by Aidan O’Brien and ridden by Ryan Moore, won a dramatic Oaks at Epsom, holding off Emily Upjohn by the narrowest of margins after the hot favourite virtually fell out of the stalls and lost many valuable lengths.
The trainer of the 13-2 shot was setting a record for the race by saddling his 41st winner in British Classics. His success on the Downs, his tenth in the Oaks, took O’Brien past John Scott, who saddled 40 Classic winners between 1827 and 1863.
Moore said: “I always felt I was going to win, she’s just still a bit babyish and came out of the stalls awkwardly. She put herself into the race, she was just a bit idle and changed her leads late on, I just had to get her balanced.
“She’s got an awful lot of class, it’s amazing how the family keep producing. I always thought she was going to be a Classic filly this year, it just hadn’t quite happened but it’s great that she’s gone and done it today.”
When asked about O’Brien’s record-breaking 41st Classic success, he said: “He’s incredible, we always use these terms like ‘genius’ but he goes into so much detail. What he’s done, we’ve never seen the like of it and probably won’t again.”
Frankie Dettori bemoaned his luck on the 6-4 market leader. “She fell over [leaving the stalls], she slipped, lost her footing and fell over. I found myself last and going past all the field, I wish I had the pleasure to have the rail but I didn’t, Ryan [Moore] had that pleasure and I had to make a challenge on the outside.
“She made up a lot of ground and she was an unlucky loser. I wanted to see if she had all her shoes, generally when they do that they leave a shoe on the ground. It’s one of those things. She should have won, it’s as simple as that.”
Hollie Doyle, attempting to create history by becoming the first female rider to win a British Classic race, was third on Nashwa. Her husband, Tom Marquand, finished sixth on Tranquil Lady.