By Duane Fonseca
Jockey Padraig Beggy reinforced his status a miracle worker after rank outsider Sovereign sprung one of the biggest surprises under him to win the Irish Derby at the Curragh on Saturday.
And what a win it turned out to be as the 3yo son of Galileo made all during 2400m contest to win by a whopping six lengths from Anthony Van Dyck with his early pacesetting partner Norway a further two and half lengths behind in third in a 1-2-3 for trainer Aidan O’Brien, who saddled five of the eight runners.
It looked early on as if Sovereign was just there to set the pace, but once he raced forward he never looked like he was going to slow down and in claiming the second win of his career on his ninth start, Sovereign emulated an achievement of his great sire, who won the race in 2001.
Beggy, winner of the 2017 Epsom Derby, said: “I’m over the moon. This one would be more important to me than the Epsom.
“This was the race I grew up wanting to win, it was my main ambition, and I’m just very, very lucky. It’s down to a big group of people but mainly Aidan O’Brien for putting me on.
“I just got into a lovely, comfortable rhythm and let him roll along at that pace. He's just a big galloper, I got into a good rhythm and he kept going. I did think something would come to me but when I looked at the big screen and knew I was clear, I just thought keep him going."