Curragh

  • 17:10 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby 1m 4f

  • Winner:
  • Going: Good to Firm (Watered)
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 28.68s
  • Off time: 17:10:24
17:10 Curragh Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Cape Blanco (IRE) 7/2
2nd Midas Touch 9/2
3rd Jan Vermeer (IRE) 4/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (9) 51-2324 Purple, white seams, striped sleeves, white cap At First Sight (IRE) 9
Nag meBeaten Favourite
3 9-0 A P O'Brien J P O'Brien 118 20/121.00
2 (6) 62-5110 Pink Bright Horizon 10
Nag meCourse WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
3 9-0 A P O'Brien S M Levey 92 100/1101.00
3 (3) 111-10 PURPLE, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap Cape Blanco (IRE) 21
Nag meBeaten Favourite
3 9-0 A P O'Brien J P Murtagh 115 7/24.50
4 (10) 9-2211 WHITE, purple panel, check cap Carraiglawn (IRE) 23
Nag meCourse Winner
3 9-0 J S Bolger D J Moran 104 20/121.00
6 (4) 10-137 White, Emerald Green star, Emerald Green sleeves, White stars, White cap, Emerald Green star Coordinated Cut (IRE) 22
Nag me
3 9-0 t1 M L W Bell J P Spencer 108 8/19.00
7 (8) 1367-42 Yellow, royal blue disc, yellow and royal blue striped sleeves and cap Dubawi Phantom 50
Nag me
3 9-0 D M Simcock A Ajtebi 104 40/141.00
8 (1) 411-14 ROYAL BLUE, orange disc, striped sleeves & cap Jan Vermeer (IRE) 22
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse Winner
3 9-0 A P O'Brien J A Heffernan 119 4/15.00
9 (5) 314-15 Dark Blue Midas Touch 22
Nag meCourse Winner
3 9-0 A P O'Brien C O'Donoghue 112 9/25.50
10 (7) 111211 DARK GREEN, RED cap, DARK GREEN diamond Monterosso 9
Nag meDistance Winner
3 9-0 M Johnston L Dettori 117 3/14.00
11 (2) 1189-11 PURPLE & YELLOW HALVED, sleeves reversed, quartered cap Puncher Clynch (IRE) 70
Nag me
3 9-0 J S Bolger K J Manning 105 12/113.00
Non runners
5 (11)120-14Chabal (IRE)39-0Saeed bin SuroorK Fallon115

Verdict

At first glance this does not appear to be a vintage Derby though it's entirely possible that either CAPE BLANCO or Monterosso could turn out to be well up to standard. Aidan O'Brien is bidding for his fifth successive victory and eighth in all with the Dante Stakes winner, who blotted his copybook when sent to Chantilly for the French Derby. His victory at York over an unlucky Workforce has of course been massively boosted by the runner-up at Epsom and it's worth giving him another chance. Monterosso has been supplemented at huge cost after a very impressive victory in the Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot where he had shock Epsom runner-up At First Glance back in fourth. O'Brien's Jan Vermeer and Midas Touch, fourth and fifth at Epsom, should reverse placings with stablemate At First Glance here but Johnny Murtagh prefers Cape Blanco and that should be good enough. Chabal was the proverbial mile behind the selection at York when favourite so it's a surprise to see him entered here though that can't have been his true running. Coordinated Cut was quietly fancied at Epsom but never really got involved until too late and will need to show massive progress to take a hand here.