John's Derby double
ALL roads lead to the Curragh racecourse this weekend for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby weekend and what a cracking couple of days are in store at HQ.
This evening's 150th Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby will see seven colts and one filly go to post for the €1.25m contest and a cracking renewal it looks set to be.
John Gosden goes in search of his first win in the race with Epsom Derby runner-up Jack Hobbs while the Ballydoyle contingent is four-strong as Aidan O'Brien looks to win the race for a 12th time.
There was to be no beating Gosden's Golden Horn in the Epsom Derby as he really sprinted clear of the field but it was impressive the gap that Jack Hobbs managed to put between himself and Storm The Stars with Giovanni Canaletto back in fourth and a repeat of that effort should see Jack Hobbs give his trainer a Derby double.
Highland Reel is the real interesting runner in the race however, and if he can step forward for the step up in trip following his creditable effort in the French Derby he'll really be interesting for Ryan Moore and at the prices he is probably the best each-way bet in the race.
Tomorrow's action looks set to be very memorable indeed with a cracking renewal of the Sea The Stars Pretty Polly Stakes as English 1,000 Guineas winner Legatissimo and Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Pleascach both look to return to winning ways having suffered defeat in their subsequent runs over a 1m4f in the Epsom Oaks and Ribblesdale Stakes respectively and to do so one of them will have to take the unbeaten record off Dermot Weld's Brooch who is four from four in her career.
It'll be a big weekend for Weld, who runs the unbeaten Radanpour for the Aga Khan in today's Derby, as he is also hopeful of letting Forgotten Rules take his chance in tomorrow's Group Three At The Races Curragh Cup.
Dropping back to 1m6f, from the marathon Gold Cup at Royal Ascot where he finished third, Forgotten Rules takes on Andy Oliver's Panama Hat who finished second behind Kingfisher last time and that form was done no harm at Ascot as Kingfisher was arguably an unlucky loser in the Gold Cup.
There's plenty of action to look forward to on the track and off it too and for the Kildare supporters who don't fancy a trip to Croke Park to see a Dublin team who are 1/40 favourites, the GAA action will be live throughout the racecourse.