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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

Full result

15:50 Curragh Result 26th June 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (8) Treasure Beach 9-0 C O'Donoghue A P O'Brien 3 7/2
Settled in 4th, closer in 3rd approaching straight, pushed along to challenge over 1f out, stayed on best under pressure to lead final 100 yards opened 7/2 touched 4/1
2nd (1) ¾ Seville (GER) 9-0 J A Heffernan A P O'Brien 3 5/1
Tracked leader in 2nd, ridden to lead early straight, strongly pressed and kept on well under pressure, headed and no extra final 100 yards opened 11/2 touched 11/2
3rd (3) 1 Memphis Tennessee (IRE) 9-0 J P O'Brien A P O'Brien 3 10/1
Led, pushed along entering straight, headed over 2f out, 3rd from over 1f out but kept on well under pressure opened 10/1 touched 10/1
4th (7) nk Carlton House (USA) 9-0 R L Moore Sir Michael Stoute 3 5/4f
Settled in 6th, headway to go 4th entering straight, soon ridden along, no impression over 1f out, kept on same pace under pressure final furlong opened 5/4 touched 11/8
5th (2) 3 Dunboyne Express (IRE) 9-0 D P McDonogh K Prendergast 3 33/1
Settled on inner in 5th, ridden early straight, no extra from over 1f out, kept on one pace opened 33/1 touched 33/1
6th (6) 5 Roderic O'Connor (IRE) 9-0 W M Lordan A P O'Brien 3 20/1
Held up in rear, pushed along early straight, no threat from 2f out, kept on one pace opened 20/1 touched 20/1
7th (5) nk Native Khan (FR) 9-0 J P Murtagh E A L Dunlop 3 8/1
Held up on inner mainly 7th, switched left and driven along early straight, no extra from 2f out opened 10/1 touched 10/1
8th (4) Notable Graduate (IRE) 9-0 P J Smullen D K Weld 3 12/1
Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden entering straight, soon no extra opened 14/1 touched 14/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £5.10 Tote Place: £1.60,2.50,2.00
Straight Forecast: £22.38 Exacta: £26.30

Placepot: €144.50, Pool: €0.0

Verdict

A sixth Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby win in as many years for trainer Aidan O'Brien who saddled the 1-2-3 thanks to TREASURE BEACH'S success from stablemates Seville and Memphis Tennessee. The Queen's Carlton House was sent off the 5-4 favourite on the back of his third place at Epsom when he had an interrupted preparation and a slightly troubled passage, but today he had no excuses. Memphis Tennessee was given an uncontested lead and Joseph O'Brien got him into a a nice rhythm up front with Seville getting the run of the race in his slipstream. Treasure Beach, who sweated up in the prelims, settled nicely in fourth with Dunboyne Express on his inside, while the English challengers Native Khan and Carlton House were held up. The race began in earnest around the home turn when Treasure Beach made his move under Colm O'Donoghue around the outside of the field with Ryan Moore quick to follow him aboard Carlton House. Seville finished a well beaten 10th at Epsom but he proved that run to be all wrong here as he struck the front inside the final two furlongs and looked as though he might hold on at one stage. O'Donoghue was getting a nice tune out of Treasure Beach on the outside though and he reeled in Seville inside the final furlong, winning by three quarters of a length. This was a bounce back to form for the second who flopped on the Downs but showed much signs of promise in the Racing Post Trophy and the Dante while Memphis Tennessee deserves credit for battling on to secure third once headed by his stablemates. He's improving all the time, looks sure to get further and quotes of 14-1 for the St Leger look generous. If he does go to Doncaster he could be joined by Treasure Beach who is 5-1 for the final Classic of the season after this victory. He could well head there as Ballydoyle have an embarrassment of riches over a mile and a half and races such as the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe could be put on hold for another year. Carlton House ran a solid race in fourth but this could be as good as he is - he was beaten a length further by Treasure Beach than he was at Epsom. Dunboyne Express was beaten by five lengths - the same distance he was beaten over a mile in the Irish 2000 Guineas and he looks just short of top class; a drop in grade beckons for him. Roderic O'Connor was held up, switched to the inside and given an easy time of things once it was clear he wasn't going to get involved. Market support was weak for him and it wouldn't surprise to see him dropped right back in trip to a mile where he will probably adopt the front-running tactics that won him the Irish 2000 Guineas. Native Khan was most disappointing, though the good to yielding ground wouldn''t have been ideal for him. 10 furlongs on fast ground could be his optimum conditions and he would be worth another chance given those. Notable Graduate was well backed but faded away tamely after racing prominently and he was probably outclassed.