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Wednesday 22 August 2018

Irish derby talking points

Aidan O'Brien: The man is simply a genius. A ninth Irish Derby and yet another clean sweep of the places. That's 13 of the last 15 horses to be placed in the Irish Derby that have been trained by O'Brien.

Colm O'Donoghue: A deserving win for the 30-year-old (pictured), who is as polished as you will get and after Epsom few would begrudge him.

The Form Book: It was there in front of our very eyes. The Epsom winner didn't come over, but the horse that was a narrow second was here and he franked that form to provide punters with a generous 7/2. Nathaniel also did his bit for Treasure Beach's form when he won at Royal Ascot recently after being beat by yesterday's hero at Chester.

Pour Moi: We still await more evidence, but after being described as an average Epsom Derby winner, Treasure Beach may have proved that was harsh. However, only time will tell.

Carlton House: The queen must wait for a Derby win and regardless of her title, she is a real patron of the sport so it would be nice to see it happen some day. However, as with Epsom, Carlton House simply wasn't good enough and he now faces a drop back in trip.

Ryan Moore: It's completely irrelevant now, but had Carlton House not have made the journey over there is little doubt that Ballydoyle would have sought the services of Ryan Moore as they have done on so many occasions this season. Moore is rarely on the second choice and would that have seen Colm O'Donoghue settle for minor honours again? We'll never know, and thankfully so.

Cecil Ross: A winner on Derby weekend is a big thing for any trainer, but a winner on Derby Day for a trainer such as Cecil Ross is an incredible achievement that he described as "like winning the lotto" and certainly worthy of a mention. Six Of Hearts won the big Paddy Power Sprint and to put the trainer into context, when his stable star last won at Naas back on the June bank holiday, Ross was standing in a wet field in Ballingarry, Co Tipperary, saddling a point-to-point winner.

Curragh: After being washed out on Friday night, the Derby couldn't have provided a better spectacle for punters as the Curragh put on a great show for the biggest day of racing on the calendar.

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