Treasure Beach wins Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby
June 26, 2011
O’Brien was winning the race for the sixth successive year and the ninth in total, while it was a first Irish Derby win for jockey Colm O’Donoghue on board the 7-2 chance who won by three-quarters of a length.
Carlton House, sent off the 5-4 favourite, could only finish fourth, finding it impossible to go with the O’Brien trio late on.
Treasure Beach, who was posting a fourth win in eight starts having beaten all bar Pour Moi in the Derby, was given a quote of 10-1 by William Hill for the King George VI& Queen Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored by Betfair) at Ascot next month, while the same firm make him a 5-1 chance for the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster in September.
As was the case at Epsom three weeks ago, Memphis Tennessee was sent into an early lead under Joseph O’Brien but on this occasion it was Seville and Seamie Heffernan who sat behind the pacemaker, as opposed to Treasure Beach who raced at the head of the main group with Notable Graduate.
Ryan Moore had royal runner Carlton House at the back of the field where he raced in company with Native Khan, who had finished two places behind him in fifth at Epsom, and the fourth O’Brien-trained runner, Irish Guineas winner Roderic O’Connor.
Donoghue again got first run on Moore and Carlton House, as he did at Epsom, making his move up towards his stablemates half a mile from home with the trio settling down to battle out the finish after Carlton House was unable to get on terms with them, finishing two lengths behind the winner
Having managed to reel in Memphis Tennessee, Seville looked likely to add his name to O’Brien’s glorious roll call of Irish Derby winners, which includes the likes of Galileo, High Chaparral and Dylan Thomas. However, Treasure Beach’s abundant stamina came into play as he galloped past his stablemate in the race to the line.
LILBOURNE LAD became the second successive British raider to win the RailwayStakes with a convincing victory for the Richard Hannon and Richard Hughes team.
The Acclamation colt proved easy to back as support came for runner-up Tough As Nails and Aidan O’Brien’s disappointing Choir, but the market got it all wrong as he came home three-quarters of a length to the good of the second at odds of 9-4 with a big gap back to French Emperor in third.
INVINCIBLE ASH and Gary Carroll swooped at the death to land the Group 3 Sapphire Stakes by a length from British raider Hamish McGonagall
The 6-4 favourite Inxile took up his usual pacesetting tactics after a furlong but the furious pace soon took its toll and Hamish McGonagall smoothly took control only to be run out of it in the last 50 yards by the Michael Halford-trained winner, a 9-2 shot.
The success, the first Group win for the Invincible Spirit mare, was just reward for a series of top-class efforts from the six-year-old sprinter, who had run with credit at Meydan during the winter when fourth to J J The Jet Plane in a Group 2 race in which Inxile finished sixth.
David Nicholls’ Inxile started a warm favourite to extend his impressive winning record in Ireland to six wins from seven outings but was a spent forceat half way on ground that had dried out considerably.
Halford said: “I wasn’t really confident but the ground drying out made a massive difference I told Gary to ride her like a non-trier and hope they went fast up front and they probably did go too fast up front.”