Training legends to clash for the very first time in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby | The Curragh Racecourse
Training legends to clash for the very first time in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby

Training legends to clash for the very first time in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby

The 2019 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby has thrown up a strange quirk as it will be the very first time that trainers Jim Bolger, Kevin Prendergast and Dermot Weld will each have a runner in the same Irish Derby.

Between the three hugely respected legendary trainers they can boast 147 years of training experience with Prendergast, the longest serving with a trainers licence, hoping to finally break his duck in the Irish Derby with Madhmoon

Prendergast took out his licence in 1963 and will turn 87 next Friday. The Curragh-based son of legendary trainer 'Darkie' Prendergast most recently enjoyed Classic success with Awtaad in 2016 and can has eight Irish classic victories at the Curragh in total. 

Jim Bolger relies on Guaranteed in the Irish Derby this year but may be filled by confidence as the colt is following a similar path as the stables 2013 winner Trading Leather. 

Trading Leather won the Silver Stakes en route to winning the Irish Derby and Guaranteed was victorious in the same Curragh contest earlier this month. 

Bolger began his training career in 1976 and his first Irish Derby winner St Jovite in 1992 has held onto the track record at the Curragh ever since. Give Thanks in the 1983 Irish Oaks was the first of six Irish classic victories for the proud Wexford native.

Weld is the nearest trainer to the Curragh Racecourse itself and his career began slightly earlier than Bolger's when he took out a trainers licence in 1972 while still riding as an accomplished amateur jockey. 

Ireland's winngmost trainer surpassed the 4000 winner milestone in 2016 and has three Irish Derby's to his name, along with 15 other Irish classic winners to have passed through his hands.

Weld's first Irish Derby winner was Zagreb in 1996 and Grey Swallow in 2004 and the English/Irish Derby double winner Harzand in 2016 have also won the most prestigious race in Ireland. Rakan will be the Rosewell House representative on Saturday afternoon. 

Aidan O'Brien is the fourth trainer to be represented in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby this year and he will seek a 13th success in the race when saddling Anthony Van DyckBroomeIl ParadisoNorway and Sovereign

The ground is currently described as good on the Straight course and good, good to firm in places on the Round course.

Details of admission prices and discounted offers can be found at www.curragh.ie. Children under 18 that are accompanied by an adult go racing for free.