Anthony Van Dyck (horse)

Anthony Van Dyck (foaled 19 May 2016) is an Irish Thoroughbred racehorse, best known for winning the 2019 Epsom Derby. He was a top-class two-year-old in 2018 when he won three of his seven races including the Tyros Stakes and the Futurity Stakes as well as finishing second in the National Stakes and third in the Dewhurst Stakes. He won the Derby Trial Stakes on his three-year-old debut before taking the Epsom Derby on 1 June. Later that year he was placed in the Irish Derby, Irish Champion Stakes and Breeders' Cup Turf.

Anthony Van Dyck
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Anthony Van Dyck at the 2018 Breeders' Cup
GrandsireSadler's Wells
DamsireExceed And Excel
Foaled19 May 2016[1]
BreederOrpendale, Chelston & Wynatt
OwnerSusan Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
TrainerAidan O'Brien
Record14: 5-2-3
Major wins
Tyros Stakes (2018)
Futurity Stakes (2018)
Derby Trial Stakes (2019)
Epsom Derby (2019)


Anthony Van Dyck is a bay colt with a white blaze bred in Ireland by Orpendale, Chelston & Wynatt, a breeding company associated with the Coolmore Stud. He was sent into training with Aidan O'Brien at Ballydoyle. Like many Coolmore horses, the official details of his ownership have changed from race to race but he has usually been described as being owned by a partnership of Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Susan Magnier. He was a very late foal, being born on 19 May.

He was sired by Galileo, who won the Derby, Irish Derby and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes in 2001. Galileo became one of the world's leading stallions, earning his tenth champion sire of Great Britain and Ireland title in 2018. His other progeny include Cape Blanco, Frankel, Golden Lilac, Nathaniel, New Approach, Rip Van Winkle, Found Minding and Ruler of the World.[2] Anthony Van Dyck's dam Believe'N'Succeed was a successful racemare in Australia, winning the Blue Diamond Prelude Fillies in 2008,[3] and went on to produce the Railway Stakes winner Bounding before being exported to Ireland. She was a granddaughter of the Alabama Stakes winner November Snow and a female-line descendant of the American broodmare Blue Denim.[4]

Racing careerEdit

2018: two-year-old seasonEdit

Anthony Van Dyck began his racing career by finishing seventh behind Klute in a maiden race over seven furlongs at the Curragh on 1 July. Two weeks later the colt was made the 10/11 favourite for a similar event over one mile at Killarney Racecourse in which he was ridden, as on his debut, by his trainer's son Donnacha O'Brien. He recorded his first success as he took the lead two furlongs out and went clear of his eight rivals to win "easily" by eight lengths.[5] Eleven days after his maiden win Anthony Van Dyck was stepped up in class and started 8/11 favourite for the Group 3 Tyros Stakes at Leopardstown Racecourse. Partnered by Ryan Moore he raced in second place before taking the lead approaching the final furlong and recorded another easy win, coming home four and three quarter lengths clear of the Jim Bolger-trained Bold Approach.[6] After the race Aidan O'Brien said "We always thought he would get a mile well, as he did in Killarney, but when you see him doing that over seven, you know he's a smart colt".[7]

Ryan Moore was again in the saddle when Anthony Van Dyck moved up to Group 2 class for the Futurity Stakes over seven furlongs at the Curragh on 26 August and started 4/6 favourite against five opponents. After tracking the leaders he went to the front inside the furlong and kept on well to win by half a length from his stablemate Christmas.[8] O'Brien commented "I'm delighted... We always viewed him as a horse that would get middle distances next season. He had a tough enough race as they went all the way".[9] In September the colt contested the Group 1 National Stakes at the Curragh and finished second of the seven runners, beaten one and a quarter lengths by the Godolphin colt Quorto. He was then sent to England for the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket Racecourse. He took the lead approaching the last quarter mile but was outpaced in the closing stages and came home third behind Too Darn Hot and Advertise. For his final run of the season, the colt was sent to the United States to contest the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Churchill Downs and was made the 3/1 joint favourite, but never looked likely to win and came home ninth behind Line of Duty.

2019: three-year-old seasonEdit

On 11 May 2019 Anthony Van Dyck made his seasonal debut in the Derby Trial Stakes over one and a half miles at Lingfield Park and started the 2/1 favourite against nine British-trained opponents. Ridden by Moore he settled in mid-division before taking the lead a furlong out and won by two and a quarter lengths from Pablo Escobarr.[10] After the race the Ballydoyle representative Paul Smith said "[we are] delighted with him. There were a few fit ones in there that had run recently and we hadn’t run since last year. No doubt he’ll come on nicely for the run".[11]

The 240th running of the Derby took place over one and a half miles at Epsom Racecourse on 1 June 2019. Ridden by Seamie Heffernan, Anthony Van Dyck was made the 13/2 fourth choice in the betting behind Sir Dragonet (Chester Vase), Broome (Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial) and Telecaster (Dante Stakes) in a thirteen runner field. After turning into the straight in ninth place he briefly struggled to obtain a clear run before being switched to the left to produce a strong run up the inside. He gained the advantage 100 yards from the finish and prevailed by half a length from Madhmoon, Japan, Broome and Sir Dragonet in a blanket finish.[12] The 46 year old Heffernan who was winning the race at his twelfth attempt said "It was only a matter of time... When you’re riding for Aidan, you probably have more of a chance than riding for anyone else, that’s the bottom line".[13]

On 29 June Anthony Van Dyck was ridden by Moore when he started the 5/4 favourite for the Irish Derby at the Curragh in a field which included Madhmoon and Broome. He raced in fourth place before making steady progress in the straight but never looked likely to reel in the pacemaker Sovereign and was beaten six lengths into second place. Four weeks later at Ascot Racecourse the colt was matched against older horses and started the 7/1 third choice in the betting for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. He tracked the leaders before fading badly in the last quarter mile and came home tenth of the eleven runners, almost forty lengths behind the winner Enable. At Leopardstown Racecourse in September Anthony Van Dyck was dropped back in distance for the ten furlong Irish Champion Stakes and produced a much better effort as he stayed on well to take third place behind the four-year-old fillies Magical and Magic Wand.

For his penultimate run of the year Anthony Van Dyck was sent to California to contest the Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita Park on 2 November. Starting the 3/1 second choice in the betting he made progress on the inside on the final turn but was hampered in the straight before coming home third behind Bricks and Mortar and United. At Sha Tin Racecourse on 8 December the colt ended his campaign in the Hong Kong Vase in which he faded badly in the closing stages and finished unplaced behind the Japanese four-year-old Glory Vase.


Pedigree of Anthony Van Dyck (IRE), bay colt, 2016[1]
Galileo (IRE)
Sadler's Wells (USA)
Northern Dancer Nearctic
Fairy Bridge Bold Reason
Urban Sea (USA)
ch. 1989
Miswaki Mr Prospector
Allegretta Lombard
Believe'N'Succeed (AUS)
Exceed And Excel (AUS)
Danehill Danzig
Patrona Lomond
Arctic Drift (USA)
Gone West Mr Prospector
November Snow Storm Cat
Princess Alydar (Family 16-c)[4]
  • Anthony Van Dyck is inbred 4 × 4 to Mr Prospector, meaning that this stallion appears twice in the fourth generation of his pedigree.


  1. ^ a b "Anthony Van Dyck pedigree". Equineline.
  2. ^ "Galileo stud record". Retrieved 2014-05-26.
  3. ^ "2008 Result – Blue Diamond Prelude (F) (held 9 February 2008)". Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Little Agnes - Family 16-c". Thoroughbred Bloodlines. Retrieved 2014-05-20.
  5. ^ "Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden result". Racing Post. 15 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Tyros Stakes result". Racing Post. 26 July 2018.
  7. ^ O'Hanlon, Justin (26 July 2018). "Anthony Van Dyck Lifts Ballydoyle After Goddess Flops". The Blood-Horse.
  8. ^ "Futurity Stakes result". Racing Post. 26 August 2018.
  9. ^ O'Hara, John (26 August 2018). "Anthony Van Dyck gives Aidan O'Brien major boost with Futurity success". The Guardian.
  10. ^ "Lingfield Derby Trial result". Racing Post. 11 May 2019.
  11. ^ Cook, Chris (11 May 2019). "Anthony Van Dyck storms to victory in Derby Trial Stakes at Lingfield". The Guardian.
  12. ^ "Epsom Derby result". Racing Post. 1 June 2019.
  13. ^ Cook, Chris (1 June 2019). "Seamie Heffernan, the quiet man of Ballydoyle, gets his Derby reward". The Guardian.

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