Just three weeks after delivering a victory in the Epsom Derby for trainer Dermot Weld, his star sophomore Harzand came back to win the Group 1 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh on Saturday, according to The Guardian. A son of Sea the Stars owned by the Aga Khan, Harzand and Pat Smullen prevailed by a half-length after a long stretch duel with Idaho and jockey Ryan Moore, who’d finished 2 3/4 lengths behind Harzand at Epsom.
“I thought today’s race was an even better race than Epsom,” Weld gushed. “The exciting thing about this race was the battle. Both of those horses quickened and picked up brilliantly and both jockeys tried to save that little bit more for the final challenge… It was brilliant to watch those two great jockeys riding a finish on two very high-class colts.”
Harzand is the fifth winner of the Epsom Derby to go on and win the Irish Derby for the Aga Khan, a feat most recently achieved by Sinndar in 2000. Sinndar went on to capture the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in October, and Harzand will be set upon the same path. His odds for the Arc were cut from 10-1 to 8-1 by Paddy Power; Postponed, winner of the Coronation Cup, is the current favorite at 5-1.
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