Limerick jockey lands plum ride in Saturday's Epsom Derby

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

Limerick jockey lands plum ride in Saturday's Epsom Derby

Limerick jockey Emmet McNamara partners Toronot to a stylish victory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at Leopardstown Photo: Patrick McCann/Racing Post

TALENTED Limerick jockey Emmet McNamara has landed a plum ride in this Saturday's world famous stg£500,000 Investec Derby at Epsom.

Thirty year-old Emmet, from Rathkeale, son of leading trainer Eric McNamara, will take the mount on the Aidan O'Brien-trained Serpentine in the big race. 

The Investec Derby is the most valuable race in Britain and the most prestigious of flat racing's five Classics.

To cap a hectic weekend for the West Limerick jockey, McNamara is due to jet out to France on Sunday to ride Fort Myers in the Prix du Jockey Club, the French Derby.

In-form jockey Emmet finished runner-up in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh on Saturday last as his mount Tiger Moth, again trained by Aidan O'Brien, had to give way to stable mate Santiago in a thrilling finish to the Irish Classic.

Emmet McNamara is a key member of O'Brien's backroom team at Coolmore.

Serpentine is currently a 20/1 shot with the bookmakers to give McNamara a first Epsom Derby success, while trainer Aidan O'Brien is looking to win the big race for a record eighth time.

The Derby and the Oaks - two of British racing's five flat Classics - are taking place behind closed doors and on the same day for the first time this Saturday at Epsom.

2008 Champion Apprentice jockey Emmet McNamara rode his first winner on the racecourse a year earlier when partnering Prince Livius to victory at Tipperary for trainer Tom Hogan.

In common with so many top Irish jockeys, Emmet cut his teeth on the pony racing circuit where he was the champion rider for two years running. In his final season as a pony rider, he eclipsed Norman Williamson's long-standing record by riding 65 winners.

His most notable wins on the racecourse include when he rode the Aidan O'Brien-trained Port Douglas to victory in the Group 2 Beresford Stakes at the Curragh in 2015. McNamara also won the Group 3 Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial Stakes on the O'Brien-trained Douglas Macarthur in 2017

The Epsom Derby traditionally takes place on the first Saturday in June, but it was moved this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure it could be held safely.

Saturday's card at Epsom will be televised live on Virgin Media One.

Investec Derby runners and riders, Saturday, July 4, 4.55pm

1 Amhran Na Bhfiann William Buick
2 Emissary Jim Crowley
3 English King Frankie Dettori
4 Gold Maze David Egan
5 Highland Chief Ben Curtis
6 Kameko Oisin Murphy
7 Khalifa Sat Tom Marquand
8 Max Vega Harry Bentley
9 Mogul Ryan Moore
10 Mohican Heights Andrea Atzeni
11 Mythical James Doyle
12 Pyledriver Martin Dwyer
13 Russian Emperor Seamie Heffernan
14 Serpentine Emmet McNamara
15 Vatican City Padraig Beggy
16 Worthily Martin Harley