The partnerships behind the 2018 Derby champion

The Godolphin team tasted victory in the Epsom Derby for the first time in 2018, with Masar running clear to win by a length and a half. The win represents months of successful partnerships leading to an extraordinary performance.

Said Bahada, the lad responsible for Masar at Moulton Paddocks in Newmarket, leads 2018 the Investec Derby champion through the yard. Masar was sired by 2008 Derby winner New Approach, himself the son of Galileo. Photo: Megan Rose Photography.
Godolphin team
From left to right, trainer Charlie Appleby, work rider Brett Doyle, jockey William Buick and lad Said Bahada formed crucial partnerships that helped the team deliver victory in the world's greatest flat race. Photo: Megan Rose Photography
William and Masar
Although William Buick had numerous Group 1 wins to his name, his 2018 triumph aboard Masar was his first Epsom Derby victory, something he dreamt of before even deciding to become a jockey. Similarly, while Godolphin had a glittering track record, a win in the Derby still eluded them until Masar's extraoardinary performance. Photo: Megan Rose Photography.
Masar was priced at 16-1 before the race, but similarly to Wings of Eagles in 2017, he swept through the field and achieved a life-changing victory, thanks to the preparation of yard manager Nadeem Agwan and lad Said Bahada. The options before him now include continuing to race, or going to stud. Photo: Megan Rose Photography.
Godolphin team
Masar's victory means months of hard work and preparation has paid off for the whole Godolphin team. Those pictured here with Masar include farrier Derek Poupard, jockey William Buick and trainer Charlie Appleby. Photo: Megan Rose Photography.

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