Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (Group 1) 1m 4f
- (3yo, 1m 4f, Class 1, 9 runners)
- Winner €725,000 2nd €237,499 3rd €112,499 4th €37,500 5th €25,000 6th €12,500
- Going: Good to Firm
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 2m 27.17s
- Off time: 18:30:16
|1st||9 Trading Leather||6/1|
|2nd||3 Galileo Rock||1¾||9/1|
|3rd||2 Festive Cheer||1¾||33/1|
Cap O'rushes 9
|3||126 9-0||Saeed bin Suroor||P J Smullen||97||661/10|
Festive Cheer (FR) 28
|3||126 9-0||A P O'Brien||J A Heffernan||109||33/1|
Galileo Rock (IRE) 28
|3||126 9-0||D Wachman||W M Lordan||117||9/1|
|3||126 9-0||Mrs K Burke||William Buick||117||7/2|
Little White Cloud (IRE) 34
|3||126 9-0||J M Oxx||D P McDonogh||106||16/1|
Ralston Road (IRE) 8
|3||126 9-0 b1||J P Shanahan||T O'Shea||93||100/1|
Ruler Of The World (IRE) 28
|3||126 9-0 p||A P O'Brien||J P O'Brien||120||4/5f|
Sugar Boy (IRE) 64
|3||126 9-0||P J Prendergast||C D Hayes||112||9/1|
Trading Leather (IRE) 20
|3||126 9-0||J S Bolger||K J Manning||115||6/1|
||3||9-0||A P O'Brien||J P O'Brien||1/5|
Aidan O'Brien bids for his 11th victory in this having won the last seven renewals. He's represented this year by the unbeaten RULER OF THE WORLD who arrives on the back of an impressive win in the Derby at Epsom. Libertarian and Galileo Rock filled the places at Epsom with Festive Cheer well beaten and it's difficult to see any of that trio turning the tables with the Ballydoyle colt in this. Libertarian, now racing in Godolphin's colours but remaining in the charge of Elaine Burke, hit a flat spot in the Derby and may push the likely favourite a bit closer but Sugar Boy is the most interesting of today's opposition. He beat Libertarian and Galileo Rock in the Classic Trial at Sandown in April and there should be more to come from him stepping up in trip. Trading Leather beat Cap O'Rushes last term and should go well having won a Listed event over 1m2f here earlier this month, though was behind Libertarian at York earlier.
Trading Leather (IRE) 5-4fav (8-13) Soon chased leader, niggled along approaching straight, closed 3f out, ridden to challenge and on terms 2f out, soon led and stayed on well final furlong, won at Curragh 1m 2f Listed stks (1) gf beating Lines of Battle (9-1) by 3 1/2l, 10 ran.
Galileo Rock (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Took keen hold tracking leaders in 5th, went 2nd over 2f out until 2f out, chased leaders in 3rd, went 2nd again briefly final strides, dropped to 3rd soon after, 3rd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Ruler Of The World (9-0) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f 3yo Grp 1 (1) gd.
Festive Cheer (FR) 25-1 (9-0) Trached leaders, shuffled back and lost place over 4f out, weakened over 3f out, 10th of 12, 12l behind Ruler Of The World (9-0) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f 3yo Grp 1 (1) gd.
Cap O'rushes 20-1 (9-7) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, chased leaders inside final furlong, never nearer, 4th of 18, 2l behind Elidor (9-0) at Royal Ascot 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf.
Ruler Of The World (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, headway on outside and edged left from over 3f out, went 2nd over 2f out, led inside final 2f, driven clear inside final furlong and stayed on strongly, won at Epsom Downs 1m 4f 3yo Grp 1 (1) gd beating Libertarian (9-0) by 1 1/2l, 12 ran.
Little White Cloud (IRE) 4-1 (9-3) Prominent and tracked leader in 2nd, ridden 2f out and tried to challenge over 1f out, no impression on winner inside final furlong, kept on same pace under pressure, 2nd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Leading Light (9-3) at Curragh 1m 2f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gf in May.
Ralston Road (IRE) 25-1 (9-1) Led, headed over 5f out, outpaced over 3f out, ridden and one pace inside final furlong, 8th of 15, 8l behind Leading Light (9-4) at Royal Ascot 2m 3yo Grp 3 (1) gf.
Libertarian 14-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, pushed along and awkward on downhill run, riidden and headway on outside 2f out, edged left over 1f out, stayed on strongly inside final furlong, went 2nd final strides, not pace to reach winner, 2nd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Ruler Of The World (9-0) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f 3yo Grp 1 (1) gd.
Sugar Boy (IRE) 4-1 (9-0) Led, headed over 2f out, soon ridden, rallied to lead again narrowly final 150 yards, stayed on gamely to hold on, won at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gd in Apr beating Eye of The Storm (9-0) by hd, 7 ran.