2023 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Trophy Commission Kilkenny based artist Ani Molineau has unveiled the spectacular trophy that will be presented by Colm McLoughlin, CEO and Executive Vice President Dubai Duty Free to the winning owner of the 2023 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby.
2023 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Trophy
The sculpture depicts a falcon holding a spiral with a horse’s head. The representation of the falcon and the horse epitomises the characteristics of both species.
They are renowned for their bravery, pride, nobility, grace and power. These qualities are the epitome of racing.
The partnership in racing between the Arabs and the Irish embodies both the love and the passion for the horse.
The intercultural relationship results in the two halves becoming one.
The Symbolism of the Trophy
The wings symbolise the aim to highly achieve with grace and valour. The ten feather tips on the wings represent the ten fingers of the hands that have helped mould and train the horse to achieve this wonderful victory from birth to track. The breeder, the veterinary surgeon, the groom, the yard staff, the trainer, the jockey, the owner etc, each contributing importantly towards the same aim.
The falcon’s head represents the keen eye for success, the attention to detail and preparation.The claws symbolise the strength and resolve to hold firm to your goals and the competitiveness of racing.
The tail has 12 feathers which represent the 12 furlong length of the race. The spiral with the horse’s head symbolises the racecourse and the path to victory.
The Curragh, with its natural terrain is represented by the irregularity of the modelling. It is a historical site symbolised by the spiral, an early Celtic symbol.
The Bog Oak base carries the stories and history of the Curragh plains.
Pictured: Gael Scoil Chill Dara, 4th class pupils, visited the Curragh Racecourse 23.06.23 and were the first to see this year's stunning trophy