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Epsom Derby winner Wings Of Eagles and French Derby runner up Waldgeist head 9 runners for Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby this Saturday

June 29, 2017

A field of nine has been declared for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby taking place at the Curragh this Saturday headed by Epsom Derby winner Wings Of Eagles and French Derby runner up Waldgeist trained in France by legendary trainer Andre Fabre. Cracksman who finished third at Epsom is the sole British-trained runner for John Gosden who won the race in 2015 with Jack Hobbs .

Aidan O’Brien, who in addition to Wings Of Eagles saddles four other runners,  is seeking to complete the English and Irish Derby double with the same colt for a fifth time since first achieving the feat with Galileo in 2001 and Ryan Moore will take over the ride on Wings Of Eagles.

“We are very happy with Wings Of Eagles since Epsom and we’ve been happy with all the horses and their preparation for the Irish Derby on Saturday,” O’Brien said.

“In the Epsom Derby we found out a lot about all the horses and we were very happy with them all really and they seem to be quite versatile. Wings Of Eagles is in good form and Capri ran very well at Epsom, as Seamus (Heffernan) expected he would. Colm (O’Donoghue) was happy with Douglas Macarthur at Epsom and he will go to the Curragh on Saturday, and we’ve also declared Taj Mahal, who ran well at Ascot, and The Anvil.”

Jim Bolger’s Dubai Sand and the Jessica Harrington-trained Grandee complete the line up for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby which is due off at 5.20pm on Saturday.

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