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The dramatic moment when Adam Kirby and brave Adayar secured Derby glory

Adam Kirby and Adayar (red cap) begin their bold run against the rail
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Adam Kirby and Adayar may have crossed the line four and a half lengths clear of the field in the Cazoo Derby, but Epsom's unique configuration can so often lead to hard luck stories.

Kirby and his willing partner displayed skill and tenacity in equal measure when darting up a gap on the rail, a move that helped them pull clear of the field. Here, we show how events unfolded in the home straight.

Adam Kirby and Adayar (red cap) begin their bold run against the rail

Kirby (red cap) spots a gap on the inside of the frontrunning Gear Up (maroon and yellow stripes, leading).

Adam Kirby and Adayar work their way into contention on the rail

He quickly pushes Adayar into the small space against the rail, forcing his way into contention.

Adam Kirby forces open a gap on the rail

The gap is now just Adayar-sized, and Kirby has taken full advantage, getting to within a head of Gear Up.

Adam Kirby and Adayar burst through to lead the Derby
The move is complete, Adayar and Kirby burst through into the lead, and off to Classic glory.

What they said

Adam Kirby: "There was just enough room up the rail, and I thought if I could just get in I could help them make their minds up, so I got in; luckily the horse was brave enough to go through with it and galloped up to the line and out through it. It's a marvellous day. I hope my mother was watching!"

Read more on the Derby:

'It's mad, it's crazy' - Adam Kirby revels in breakthrough Classic on Adayar

'The most impressive winner since Golden Horn' - our experts' Derby assessments

All-weather to all-conquering: Kirby rises to occasion to become a Derby hero (Members' Club)

O'Brien at a loss over Bolshoi Ballet's defeat following 'lifeless' display (Members' Club)


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