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Saturday, June 5, 1999 Published at 16:45 GMT 17:45 UK


Derby delight for Oath

Kieren Fallon: "He travelled well all the way round"

Cornelius Lysaght: "Oath did the job"
Training maestro Henry Cecil and champion jockey Kieren Fallon sealed a memorable Derby -Oaks double on Saturday when Oath surged to a commanding victory in the world's most famous horse race.

Fallon landed his first ever Epsom Derby with immaculate timing, sweeping up on the outside to collar Daliapour and claim victory by one-and-three-quarter lengths.

Henry Cecil: "I'm lucky to have Oath"
American champion jockey Gary Stevens had a fine ride aboard Beat All on his Epsom Derby debut, finishing third at odds of 7-1, one-and-a-half lengths further back.

For Fallon it was the pinnacle of his career. For Cecil it was his fourth Epsom Derby in an illustrious 30-year career.

[ image: Oath staked his claim from the start]
Oath staked his claim from the start
Cecil and Fallon have been virtually invincible this season, winning three of the first four classics.

They took the 1,000 Guineas with Wince earlier in the season and on Friday they combined with Ramruma to land the Oaks.

The last trainer to win the 1,000 Guineas, Oaks and Derby all in the same year was Cecil back in 1985.

"If you win the Derby, you don't feel you are useless," Cecil said, clearly deeply moved by the tumultuous reception he received in the unsaddling enclosure.

Peter Bromley with the results in full
Fallon, who proved a master at balancing Oath on the unique switchback track, said: "He travelled well all the way round and I was just hoping I had the horse to take me home."

Locally trained All The Way tried to live up to his name, leading the 16-horse field from the start and down to Tattenham Corner.

The Aga Khan's Daliapour loomed up to collar him three furlongs out. But then the writing was very firmly on the wall when Fallon delivered Oath with a devastating challenge.

Kieren Fallon: "It came in good"
Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Saffron Walden failed to stay and could get no nearer than seventh, his final position.

The 5-1 favourite Dubai Millennium, bidding to give Frankie Dettori his first Derby triumph, was a disappointing ninth.


1 Oath 13-2
2 Daliapour 10-1
3 Beat All 7-1
4 Housemaster 12-1
5 All the Way 33-1
6 Glamis 40-1
7 Saffron Walden 8-1
8 Compton Admiral 25-1
9 Dubai Millennium 5-1 Fav
10 Brancaster 20-1
11 Val Royal 14-1
12 Zaajer 16-1
13 Adair 16-1
14 Salford Express 12-1
15 Lucido 13-2
16 Through the Rye 150-1

Non runners Rhagaas, Tchaikovsky
Winners' Time: 2:37.43
Winning Owner: The Thoroughbred Corporation.

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