Jack Hobbs ready for action
Current Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby favourite Jack Hobbs pleased his trainer John Gosden when doing his final piece of work on Wednesday morning and remains on course to line up in the 150th renewal of the race at the Curragh on Saturday.
Gosden is hoping to win the race for the first time in his career with the colt that finished second in the Epsom Derby earlier in the month. The trainer said on Wednesday afternoon: “He worked this morning with William Buick on him and we were happy with him and the horse seems in good order.
“We would appreciate a shower or two and something close to good ground but we are pleased with the horse and we’ll be heading over, all being well between now and the weekend.
“He handled Epsom surprisingly well for a tall, rangy, horse and we hoped the Curragh would suit him better and it was the plan to always come here and we are holding with it. We fully respect the quality of the field which includes an Oaks winner and an Irish 1,000 Guineas winner if she runs, but it’s not a race I got greatly involved with in the past, so it would be extremely nice to win.”
There is set to be a strong British challenge at the Curragh on Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby weekend and on Sunday Ralph Beckett is looking towards the Group 1 Sea The Stars Pretty Polly Stakes with Secret Gesture, who last month won the Group 2 Middleton Stakes at York.
Beckett said on Wednesday; “She has come out of her York win in good shape and the Pretty Polly is a race we felt would suit her and we think the Curragh is a track that will be right up her street. It was a good performance at York and if she produces that again she will be in the mix.”
The ground at the Curragh remains good to firm.
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