Thriller in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby – and it’s Latrobe that lands the Classic spoils in a great story at the Curragh for trainer Joseph O’Brien, brother Donnacha O’Brien in the saddle and owner Lloyd Williams.
Twice a winner of Ireland’s premier Classic in the saddle – Camelot in 2012 and Australia in 2014 – Joseph O’Brien is now a winning trainer in the race. The young man has notched up several landmarks in a short yet fantastic training career so far – memorably winning the Melbourne Cup for this owner Lloyd Williams with Rekindling last November – and Joseph has now won an Irish Gold Cup over the jumps as well as an Irish Derby in five months.
This is a notable success too for jockey Donnacha – like his brother, a long career in the saddle is unlikely given his height and weight issues but the jockey continues to add more big-race successes to his race-riding CV and has now remarkably won three Classic races this season – the 2000 Guineas aboard Saxon Warrior at Newmarket, the Investec Oaks with Forever Together at Epsom and now this Irish Derby triumph at the Curragh.
The O’Brien family is quite the racing dynasty – father Aidan, chasing a 13th Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby victory, trained the second, third, fourth and fifth horses home to boot!
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