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Monday 18 December 2017

DERBY DAY GLORY - AGAIN!

WEXFORD'S own Aidan O'Brien was toast of the Curragh on Sunday after his incredible success in saddling the first three home at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby.

However, this remarkable level of success is nothing new to the Clonroche maestro as it was his sixth successive win in the prestigious mile and a half classic and an incredible ninth in all.

To make his win even sweeter it was the fourth time in his illustrious career that the Ballydoyle handler saddled the first three home in the Irish Derby - a title secured for him on Sunday by Treasure Beach, ridden by Colm O'Donoghue, who returned at odds of 7/2.

In second place was Seville, ridden by Seamie Heffernan, and in third place was Memphis Tennessee ridden by his own son Joseph O'Brien, leaving the Queen's horse and 5/4 favourite Carlton House comprehensively beaten and back in fourth place.

Speaking after his clean sweep on Sunday in the Derby, O'Brien was quick to praise his jockey Colm O'Donoghue.

'Colm was excellent on Treasure Beach and settled him beautifully before producing him brilliantly. Treasure Beach has progressed with every run and he has a few options now. He could go for the Grand Prix de Paris, the King George or else he could have a break before coming back for the second half of the season,' said Aidan.

Sunday was Aidan O'Brien's 26th success in an Irish Classic and the renowned trainer had secured the previous afternoon's Group One win when his horse Misty For Me overturned the hot favourite Midday in the Stobart Ireland Pretty Polly Stakes.

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