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  • 15:50 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby 1m 4f

  • (Group 1) €1,250,000 added 3yo 8 ran
  • Winner €725,000 2nd €237,500 3rd €112,500 4th €37,500
  • Going: Good (Good to Yielding in places on straight course)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Off time: 15:50:15

O'Brien Derby clean-sweep

Royal runner Carlton House only fourth

Last Updated: 26/06/11 5:08pm

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Treasure Beach: Gets the better of Seville to win the Irish Derby

Treasure Beach: Gets the better of Seville to win the Irish Derby

Treasure Beach led home an Aidan O'Brien 1-2-3 in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby.

Runner-up in the Investec Derby at Epsom, the 7-2 winner was restrained off the early pace which was set by Memphis Tennessee.

He still led stablemate Seville as the field turned for home but Colm O'Donoghue produced the eventual winner to challenge soon after.

Favourite Carlton House travelled well to this point but didn't pick up for Ryan Moore and had to settle for fourth spot.

This left Treasure Beach to reel-in Seville (5-1) by three-quarters of a length with Memphis Tennessee close-up in third.

Remarkably this is the sixth successive season that O'Brien has won Ireland's premier Classic and his ninth victory overall.

Options open

O'Brien said: "Memphis Tennesse set a nice, even pace and it seemed to suit all the horses.

"Colm was excellent on Treasure Beach and settled him beautifully before producing him brilliantly.

"Treasure Beach has progressed with every run and he has a few options now - he could go for the Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp, the King George (Ascot), or else he could have a break before coming back for the second half of the season.

"We are very lucky in that his owners have decided to keep their horses in training as four-year-olds, and that gives us options with giving the three-year-olds breaks."

John Warren, racing manager for the Queen, said Carlton House ran "flat" and is likely to be dropped in distance to a mile and a quarter.

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