Favourite Santiago wins Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby
The Royal Ascot winner hands trainer Aidan O'Brien a record-extending 14th success
Favourite Santiago held off stablemate Tiger Moth to hand trainer Aidan O'Brien a record-extending 14th Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby success on Saturday at the Curragh.
Santiago, a winner at Royal Ascot earlier this month, hit the front late in the one-and-a-half mile race.
It looked as though Tiger Moth would reel in the 2-1 favourite in the final furlong, but Santiago hung tough under Seamie Heffernan, winning by a head, as O'Brien secured his third victory from the past four editions of the race.
The 50-year-old, who also had a 1-2-3 in last year's Irish Derby when outsider Sovereign took the spoils, went one better this year with a 1-2-3-4 after saddling six of the 14 runners.
Dawn Patrol, a 10/1 shot, finished a distant third, with Order of Australia running on late to take fourth.
It was jockey Heffernan's fourth Irish Derby triumph, all coming for O'Brien.
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