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Thursday 8 December 2016

Gosden has a golden duo in Classic crop

Hobbs
Hobbs

'The form was in the book' is that really annoying line that no punter wants to hear after not backing a horse that had, without any argument, the best form in the book, and said horse goes and bolts up.

But then, what we must always remember is that the form book doesn't always mirror our expectations and if it did bookmakers wouldn't be as we know them today. Quite well off. Saturday's Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby was the 150th renewal of the Curragh's flagship race and rarely has the form book been a better guide to the outcome of the race.

Epsom Derby winner Golden Horn is Sandown-bound this weekend but the second, third, fourth, sixth and eighth from that race were at headquarters on Saturday along with the intriguing elements of an Epsom Oaks winner, French Derby runner-up and the unbeaten Radanpour.

But the Derby form stood tall as Jack Hobbs increased his margin over Storm The Stars by half a length to five-lengths, with Giovanni Canaletto filling the third place and Kilimanjaro, sixth at Epsom was fourth on Saturday.

Gosden will now give Jack Hobbs a well deserved break before targeting the Arc later in the year and as always at this time of year the Longchamp race is shaping up to be a fantastic renewal with Treve continuing her winning ways at Saint-Cloud yesterday and Free Eagle proving his class at Royal Ascot and of course possibly Gosden's Epsom hero Golden Horn too.

It was a first Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby for Gosden but with the prize pool set to be €1,500,000 next year, you get the impression he certainly hopes to be back quite soon.

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