Jack Hobbs reigns at The Curragh
John Gosden’s Jack Hobbs franked stable mate Golden Horn’s impressive Derby win by landing the 150th Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh this evening in superb fashion careering away under William Buick.
Second to Golden Horn in the Dante and then in the Derby at Epsom it was his turn today to step up and land a Classic and William Buick had hardly any moment of doubt as they picked up pacemaking Storm The Stars to lead at the 2f pole and storm home to win by 5 lengths.
Giovanni Canaletto seemed to be in contention rounding the bend but couldn’t pick up with Jack Hobbs as the moves were made up the straight, Storm The Stars ran on well in second and the Epsom form was well franked as the 2nd, 3rd and 4th at Epsom finished 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at the Curragh.
The winning jockey was very impressed and delighted to add an Irish Derby to his roll of honour.
“I had a lot of belief in him before Epsom and he was even better today. He’s improving all the time and it’s fantastic to win an Irish Derby – it’s also great to ride horses like him. He’s been handled brilliantly by John. He’s a late-maturing horse, but has improved with every run. He’s a serious horse.”
“Everyone works so hard behind the scenes so to get days like this is brilliant and to get an Irish Derby on my CV is even better.”
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