Field Comes Into Focus for Irish Derby

Field Comes Into Focus for Irish Derby

The field for the June 27th Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (Ire-I) at the Curragh came into sharper focus on Tuesday, the last stage of entry before final entries and post positions on drawn on Thursday.

The 12-furlong Irish classic is expected to feature a very strong field led by Investec Derby (Eng-I) runner-up Jack Hobbs and Investec Oaks (Eng-I) winner Qualify, as well as Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas (Ire-I) Pleascach and Prix du Jockey Club (Fr-I) runner-up Highland Reel.

The complete list of horses that remain eligible for the Irish Derby are as follows:

Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (Ire-I)
Horse, Trainer

Carbon Dating, John Patrick Shanahan
Giovanni Canaletto, Aidan O’Brien
Highland Reel, Aidan O’Brien
Jack Hobbs, John Gosden
Kilimanjaro, Aidan O’Brien
Radanpour, Dermot Weld
Storm the Stars, William Haggas
Pleascach, Jim Bolger
Qualify, Aidan O’Brien

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Storm The Stars has really caught my eye. Think he may have a good shot at about 6/1 on the ML. He doesn’t have the smoothest way of going but will be forwardly placed and seems quite tenacious when on or close to the lead.
Of course I will feel better about these thoughts if I get an affirmative from our friend across the pond, English Pete.

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