defeated stablemate Hawk Wing to give Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien
a one-two and his second consecutive win in the Vodafone Derby at
Epsom. O'Brien won the 2001 race with Galileo, while it was Murtagh's
second victory following his triumph on Sinndar in 2000.
In 1779, two gentlemen
conceived the idea of a race to establish which horse was the best
of its generation. Little did they realise when they tossed a coin
to name the race that they were shaping the future of flat racing
and breeding, Derby Day, stands apart from ordinary sporting events
and represents the pinnacle of sport.
Troy's regular jockey, Willie Carson, rated him among the top three
horses he has ever ridden and he was considered as one of the best
post-war winners of the 'Blue Riband'. His seven length winning
margin was then a post-war record and has since only been bettered
by Shergar's 10 lengths in 1982 and equalled by Slip Anchor's seven
in the mid-80s.