25th June 2021
8 declared for Group 1 Alwasmiyah Pretty Polly Stakes this Sunday
Declared runners for Day 3 of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival were published earlier this morning.
8 runners will line up in Sunday’s Alwasmiyah Pretty Polly Stakes with the Group 1 contest attracting the Aidan O’Brien trained Santa Barbara and Group 1 winner Shale trained by his son Donnacha. Curragh based trainer Willie McCreery supplemented two entries into the race earlier this week at a cost of €25,000 each with Epona Plays, winner of her two starts this year and Insinuendo, winner of a Group 3 at Naas earlier this year. Other contenders are the Jessica Harrington trained trio of Cayenne Pepper, Oodnadatta and Silence Please, together with Thundering Nights trained by Joseph O’Brien.
There are 8 runners in the Group 2 Comer Cup International Curragh Cup including the Aidan O’Brien trained Amhran Na Bhfiann and Passion, while race sponsor Luke Comer will be represented by Aircraft Carrier, Raa Atoll and Questionnare.
Velocidad and Yet are among the 5 runners for the Group 2 Airlie Stud Stakes, while a strong British trained challenge featuring the David Barrons trained Zarzyni abd Lord Riddiford trained by John Quinn are among the 17 strong line up in the Paddy Power Rockingham Handicap.
11 runners were confirmed yesterday for tomorrows Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby. English Derby runner up Mojo Star trained in Britain by Richard Hannan will renew rivalry with the Charlie Appleby trained Hurricane Lane and Mac Swiney trained by Jim Bolger, who finished third and fourth in the Epsom Classic.
Current ante post favourite High Definition will head a strong Aidan O’Brien team of five runners and look to give his trainer an unprecedented 15th success in the race. In addition to High Definition, he will be represented by Van Gogh, Woodsworth, Arturo Toscanini, Matchless and Woodsworth.
Lone Eagle will represent British based trainer Martyn Meade and ridden by Frankie Dettori, while Fernando Vichi will look to give Donnacha O’Brien his first Derby winner as a trainer having won the race as a jockey with Latrobe.
Recent Heider Family Stables Gallinule Stakes winner Earlswood will be a first Irish Derby runner for Curragh based trainer Johnny Murtagh, who landed the race four times as a jockey.
The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival kicks off this evening with the 1st of 7 races at 4.30pm featuring the Bord Na Mona Recycling Apprentice Derby and TRI Equestrian Handicap.
The ground is currently Good, following a further 4.5mm of rain since yesterday.
Monitoring with regards to further watering.
Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby
Paddy Power: 7-4 High Definition, 4 Mojo Star, 5 Hurricane Lane, 7 Mac Swiney, 15-2 Lone Eagle, 12 Van Gogh, 14 Wordsworth, 16 Earlswood, 20 Fernando Vichi, 33 Arturo Toscanini, 66 Matchless
Paddy Power Rockingham Handicap
Paddy Power: 4 Zarzyni, 7 Only Spoofing, 8 Urban Beat, 9 Lord Riddiford, Master Matt, Pretty Boy Floyd, 12 Mrs Bouquet, Pulse Of Shanghai, 14 Big Gossey, Grammata, Jungle Jane, 16 Shelly Banks, Strong Johnson, 20 Shabaaby, 25 Arnhem, 33 Nordic Passage, 40 Breakfast Club
5 places each-way 1/5 odds
Possibility of showers today and tomorrow
Track – racing on stand side in straight – stalls in centre for all sprints
How to view
RTE – 5 live races Saturday and Sunday
ITV – live coverage of Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby
Racing TV – all race over 3 days