Harzand: followed up his Epsom win by landing the Irish Derby
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By Tony McFadden 5:24PM 25 JUN 2016
Report: Curragh, Saturday
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DERBY winner Harzand bagged a second Classic when registering a game success in the Irish equivalent at the Curragh, showcasing a tremendous attitude to fend off the persistent challenge of old rival Idaho.
Harzand had beaten Idaho by two and three-quarter lengths at Epsom but he had to battle to confirm the form as Aidan O’Brien’s colt moved menacingly into contention inside the final couple of furlongs.
Harzand responded gallantly to the urgings of his rider Pat Smullen, however, and prevailed by half a length, justifying his starting price of 4-6.
The dual Classic winner was providing trainer Dermot Weld – who brought up a landmark 4,000 career wins earlier in the week – with a third Irish Derby success, following wins for Zagreb and Grey Swallow.
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