Irish Derby

There is some cracking racing action in store again this weekend on both sides of the Irish Sea. The pick of the bunch – at least in terms of the class of runner taking part – comes with the latest running of the Irish Derby at The Curragh. The ground at the track is currently described as good, but with heavy rain forecast in the area on both Thursday and Friday, soft ground looks to be a very real possibility. Should that turn out to be the case, it may well have a significant impact on the result.

Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (Curragh) Preview & Betting Tips – Saturday 1st July 2017

Race Analysis

Aidan O’Brien has a stellar record here, recording 11 wins in all, with four of his winners having previously landed the Epsom version of this race. Can Wings Of Eagles follow in the hoof prints of Galileo, High Chaparral, Camelot and Australia? The initial impression would be that given how well he saw out the trip at Epsom, a stamina sapping 1m4f on soft ground may prove right up his street. He has, however, had just the one start on soft to date, and was beaten seven lengths in the Criterium de Saint-Cloud last term. We like this horse a lot but that fact just puts us off taking what is a relatively short price.

The next best of these in the Epsom Derby was the John Gosden runner Cracksman, who came in third that day. There may yet be more to come from this son of Frankel, but given that he wilted slightly, close home that day, soft ground and a multitude of pacemakers seems unlikely to enhance his chances of success here. On the plus side this more galloping track should allow him to utilise his long stride to better effect. Again though he has a few too many questions for us to support him here.

Waldgeist goes for Andre Fabre having finished a close second to Brametot in the French Derby last time out. Also boasting a verdict over Wings Of Eagles in his two year old days, he looks an intriguing contender. For a runner yet to tackle this distance though he looks short enough at around the 3/1 mark.

Betting Tips

This contest has a pretty open look to it to our eyes given the likely conditions, and as such, looks ideal for an each way punt. Douglas Macarthur makes some appeal having run a cracker from the front at Epsom last time out, but narrow preference is for another Aidan O’Brien runner, Capri.

This one has often given the impression that a thorough test at the trip is what is needed, including when third to Waldgeist in the Criterium du Saint-Cloud, and again when sixth in the Epsom Derby last time out. We suspect a strong pace will be in evidence here, mainly to aid the cause of Wings Of Eagles. This son of Galileo may benefit just as much however, and having already won three times with give underfoot, and been keeping on nicely over this trip last time, he looks to have very realistic claims of at least making the frame. Get on each way at 10/1 with Ladbrokes.