Today's racecards

Curragh

  • 17:30 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby 1m 4f

  • Winner €725,000 2nd €237,500 3rd €112,500 4th €37,500
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 33.19s
  • Off time: 17:30:44
17:30 Curragh Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Australia 1/8
2nd Kingfisher (IRE) 25/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (5) 211-31 PURPLE, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap Australia 21
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
3 9-0 A P O'Brien J P O'Brien 123 1/81.12
2 (3) 5-1118 BEIGE, dark blue cross of lorraine & sleeves, dark blue cap, beige star Fascinating Rock (IRE) 21
Nag me
3 9-0 D K Weld P J Smullen 112 8/19.00
4 (7) 135-510 Purple, white seams, striped sleeves, white cap Kingfisher (IRE) 21
Nag me
3 9-0 A P O'Brien C O'Donoghue 105 25/126.00
6 (2) 21-10 Pink Orchestra (IRE) 21
Nag meDistance Winner
3 9-0 A P O'Brien J A Heffernan 110 12/113.00
7 (1) 3-11 LIGHT BLUE, royal blue hoop, royal blue armlet, royal blue cap Ponfeigh (IRE) 14
Nag me
3 9-0 J M Oxx D P McDonogh 102 12/113.00
Non runners
3 (6)11-30Geoffrey Chaucer (USA)39-0A P O'BrienJ A Heffernan112
5 (4)111-82Kingston Hill39-0R VarianAndrea Atzeni120

Verdict

With the exception of Ponfeigh, who has completed a double in maiden and conditions company, all of these ran in the Epsom Derby won, of course, by AUSTRALIA. The Ballydoyle colt was always travelling well that day and though runner-up Kingston Hill tried hard to peg him back he couldn't quite find the necessary pace in the closing stages. The latter's handler Roger Varian appears confident that the form can be reversed, though it's difficult to see why, and the winner should continue his trainer's phenomenal record in today's event. Dermot Weld believes Fascinating Rock can do better than his eighth place at Epsom though his hat-trick of victories were achieved with plenty of give in the ground. The remaining Ballydoyle trio were well beaten. Geoffrey Chaucer finished last and was behind Fascinating Rock at Leopardstown while Kingfisher was further behind Dermot Weld's charge at Navan earlier. Orchestra was repeatedly impeded and didn't handle the Surrey track so that run can be ignored and his earlier victory over Epsom third Romsdal in the Chester Vase suggests he's the best hope to cause an upset.