for KP win
eyes are peeled on the Curragh of course and especially the feature event of
the three-day Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival.
is a hard game but it does throw up its fair share of fairytale stories. Should
Kevin Prendergast finally win the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby, in the brand new
Curragh, over the road from where he trains and six days shy of his 87th
birthday, the place will go wild.
is very little Prendergast hasn’t achieved, but it would mean a lot to add the
most important race on the Irish flat calendar to his CV, especially as his
father, Paddy ‘Darkie’ Prendergast won it four times.
Court’s success in 1965 made headlines around the world, as Bing Crosby was the
owner. The Hollywood crooner was in attendance and serenaded the crowds that
flocked around the parade ring with ‘When Irish Eyes Are Smilling’.
faces stiff opposition, not least from Anthony Van Dyck, who got the better of
him in Epsom but the son of Dawn Approach has a huge chance, particularly when
one recalls the stumble that cost him dearly across the water.
is renowned for its lack of hard-luck stories, especially over 12 furlongs. May
the best horse win.
first that is guaranteed tomorrow is when Jerry Hannon begins to call the
action as the stalls fly open at 5.20pm. The Listowel native, who spent many
years combining commentary with taking photographs for Healy Racing, has enjoyed
a number of ‘firsts’ since becoming principal racecourse commentator in Ireland
Irish St Leger was his first classic and now excitement is sure to be building
as Hannon prepares for his maiden Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby commentary. With
the race to be shown in more than 80 countries, Hannon will be informing a far
greater audience than he would ever have imagined, when he made his debut with
a microphone at Athea pony races 20 years ago.
isn’t all about Group 1s and bluebloods at the Curragh this week, with plenty
of competitive handicap fare, thanks to the significant prizemoney on offer.
Conor O’Dwyer made his name as a National Hunt jockey of renown, a multiple
winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup just for starters. He has endured plenty of
peaks and troughs throughout his second career but enjoyed more success since
increasing his Flat string.
while O’Dwyer might not have progeny by the elite stallions, his own offspring
definitely fall into the blueblood category given his own profile.
son Charlie has made the transition from pony racing to the track this year and
rode his first winner at Fairyhouse on June 14, on board Roses Queen, trained
by his father. That was a memorable day for the family but it will be trumped
for sure if the potentially appropriately-named Trump Card prevails in the
Dubai Duty Free Jumeirah Creekside Irish EBF Handicap at Headquarters tomorrow.