Jack Hobbs wins 150th Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby
June 27, 2015
JACK HOBBS, second for his stablemate Golden Horn in the Epsom Derby, became the first British-trained winner of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby since 1993 when he justified favouritism in the 150th running of the Curragh Classic on Saturday. Sent off a 10-11 chance, Jack Hobbs oozed class under William Buick on his way to victory in Ireland’s richest race as he confirmed Epsom superiority over Storm The Stars and Giovanni Canalletto, winning by five lengths. Jack Hobbs provided Newmarket-based John Gosden with his first win in the Irish Derby and makes him the first British trainer since Henry Cecil saddled Commander In Chief in 1993 to land the €1.25 million Classic, which has been dominated in recent years by Aidan O’Brien. However, his four-strong squad, which included Oaks heroine Qualify, had no answer to the impressive winner, who was cut to 8-1 (from 12) by Betfred and Paddy Power for the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
PAINTED Cliffs handed Aidan O’Brien his 12th success in the Group 2 Gain Railway Stakes at the Curragh today, causing a small shock in the process. There were only five runners but Painted Cliffs was still allowed to be sent off at odds of 7-1. Ryan Moore hit the front two furlongs from home and the pair powered clear for a two and three quarter length win over the gambled-on favourite Rockaway Valley.
BEST known for his globetrotting exploits over the years, Gordon Lord Byron registered his first success at the Curragh today when landing the Listed Dubai Duty Free Dash Stakes in superb style under Wayne Lordan. Despite being out of sorts on his last few starts, Gordon Lord Byron bounced right back to his best under Lordan and stormed clear inside the final furlong to beat Balmont Mast by three lengths.