Stunning win for Sovereign at Irish Derby


Stunning win for Sovereign at Irish Derby
Aidan O'Brien and Padraig Beggy pose with the trophy. - Twitter photo

Dubai - The mount of Padraig Beggy prevails by a whopping six lengths over Epsom Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck at The Curragh

By James Jose

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Published: Sat 29 Jun 2019, 10:46 PM

Last updated: Sun 30 Jun 2019, 12:52 AM

Madhmoon missed out on winning the 154th renewal of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby with rank outsider Sovereign stunning the heavy favourites to land the big Group 1 prize on Saturday.
The mount of Padraig Beggy, Sovereign won by a whopping six lengths over Epsom Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck at The Curragh, the 'Home of the Classics.'
Madhmoon, owned by Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance, was denied third place with the son of Dawn Approach finishing a short head behind Norway.
Sovereign's victory took trainer Aidan O'Brien's record to 13 wins.
Earlier Sheikh Hamdan's Jassaar came second in the Dubai Duty Free The Irish Village Handicap. The four-year-old from Dansili, finished 3/4 lengths behind winner Basic Law, the mount of Colin Keane and saddled by Ger Lyons.
Jassaar, who has two wins under his belt - the TRM Excellence In Equine Nutrition Handicap and the Twilight Racing Tickets Online Maiden - apart from a second place finish in the Curragh Home Of Champions Maiden, was the ride of Chris Hayes and trained by veteran trainer Dermot Weld.
Earlier, the final day of the three-day Festival got going with Lyons and Keane notching their first winner on Buffer Zone. The four-year-old from Bated Breath won the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire Handicap in dramatic fashion, by a short head over Twenty Minutes.
In the second race of the day, Joseph Patrick O'Brien, the son of illustrious handler Aidan O'Brien, saw Speak In Colours win the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship Dash Stakes by a head over Woody Creek. Insignia Of Rank landed the DDF Finest Surprise Celebration Stakes, while Joseph landed his second winner with Wayne Lordan blitzing the field on Buckhurst to win the Group 3 DDF Full Of Surprises International Stakes by an astonishing 11/2 lengths.

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