Australia Dominates Irish Derby

Joseph O’Brien celebrates after winning the Irish Derby on Australia at the Curragh on Saturday.

Joseph O’Brien celebrates after winning the Irish Derby on Australia at the Curragh on Saturday.

Meaningful opposition may have been in short supply, but Aidan O’Brien’s Epsom Derby hero. Australia made no mistake in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh on Saturday not needing to come off the bridle to land the odds of 1/8.

Ridden as always by Joseph O’Brien, the son of Galileo quickened up in style to prevail by 2½ lengths.

Aidan completed a treble on the card, as he also saddled the Seamie Heffernan-ridden Fountain Of Youth to win the Group 3 Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Sapphire Stakes and the Joseph O’Brien-ridden Giovanni Boldini to win the Listed Dubai Duty Free Millenium Millionaire Celebration Stakes.

Aidan O’Brien’s team seems to be hitting top form and he dominated proceedings at the Curragh on Sunday, winning the first four races on the card including three Group 3 contests. Joseph O’Brien was in the saddle for two of the wins, riding the promising Gleneagles to a comfortable success in the opening Barronstown Stud European Breeders Fund Maiden prior to partnering Ernest Hemingway to an easy two lengths success in the Group 3 At The Races Curragh Cup. Seamie Heffernan rode O’Brien’s two other winners, with I Am Beautiful winning the Group 3 Grangecon Stud Stakes and Mekong River coming out on top in the Group 3 Friarstown Stud International Stakes.

The Group 1 Newbridge Silverware Pretty Polly Stakes was the main event on the card and it was won by the Roger Charlton-trained George Baker-ridden Thistle Bird.

Jim Bolger dominated proceedings on Friday’s card at the Curragh by registering a notable treble. His stable jockey Kevin Manning was in the saddle for the first and last of the threesome, riding Feach Ar Agaidh to an easy 4¼ lengths victory in the Dublin Coach To The Curragh Races European Breeders Fund Maiden and Chance To Dance to a hard-fought ¾-length success in the Silken Thomas Kildare Town & Lock 13 Sallins Handicap. Ronan Whelan did the steering for Bolger’s other winner, riding News At Six to victory in the Done Deal Apprentice Derby.

Trainer Eddie Lynam plans to send Slade Power to Australia for the 2014 Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. The Diamond Jubilee Stakes winner will run next in the July Cup at Newmarket, where he is due to run against stablemate Sole Power, but Lynam has even more ambitious plans later in the year, with Slade Power earmarked for the Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic on November 8th where the five-year-old could go head to head with Australian sprint sensation Lankan Rupee in what is the penultimate leg of the Global Sprint Challenge.

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