Derby Lowdown: Keane's dream, Aidan's confident and can Ryan reverse his record


All the latest gallops gossip ahead of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby

Saturday, June 25, 2022
Rob Hornby piloted British Irish Derby hope Westover in his previous rides but Colin Keane takes charge at the Curragh

Rob Hornby piloted British Irish Derby hope Westover in his previous rides but Colin Keane takes charge at the Curragh


Colin Keane believes he's got a gilt-edged chance of winning his first Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby, writes James Toney.

The three-time Champion Jockey was selected to ride Ralph Beckett's British raider Westover because of his Curragh experience.

And four wins on Friday night -
taking him to 103 at the track - underlined why owners Juddmonte had made the tough decision to replace normal jockey Rob Hornby, who has partnered to colt in his previous rides.


"It's unfortunate for Rob but it's a brilliant spare to pick up," said Keane.

"He was unlucky at Epsom and when you look at the replay he was the horse that caught the eye with the way he finished and usually Epsom form holds ups at the Curragh.

"It's a more galloping track and that will really suit him. We're going to have the ground he wants and he looks like a very straightforward horse."

Pouring over the replay from the Epsom Derby certainly underlines the thought that Westover was unlucky. Last year Hurricane Lane completed a similar upgrade for trainer British trainer Charlie Appleby, William Buick upgrading a third at Epsom to a win at the Curragh.

Tuesday is in good form, says O'Brien

Aidan O'Brien is confident about his only shot at a record 15th Derby win - as Epsom Oaks winner Tuesday looks to become the first filly to win the race since 1994.

"We were always looking forward to stepping her up in trip – we had felt that she was going to be a middle-distance filly – and we were delighted with what she did at Epsom," he told the Racing Post.

"Tuesday seems to be in good form since Epsom. She hasn't done an awful lot since then but she seems to be well."

Donnacha and Joseph looks for Irish Derby first

Donnacha O'Brien and Joseph O'Brien have grown up around Derby Day - but are still waiting for their first wins as trainers.

Joseph is confident his charge Hannibal Barca will be suited by the trip while Donnacha's Piz Badile - who was a distant finisher at the Epsom Derby - will look to rebound from that disappointing run on the Downs with his trainer expressing belief he can.

Can Ryan Moore finally land his first winner?

This is Ryan Moore's tenth ride in the Irish Derby but he's yet to win one.

He's been on the favourite or joint favourite six times but his best return is a second place on Anthony Van Dyck and Idaho in 2019 and 2016 respectively. Is today the day on history making filly Tuesday?

Oliver believes outsider can outrun his big odds

Co. Tyrone trainer Andy Oliver is another looking for his first Irish Derby - and he also hopes the galloping Curragh track will suit Glory Daze.

He finished an off the pace 14th in the English equivalent, over 24 lengths behind Sir Michael Stoute's winner Desert Crown. But he could certainly could outrun his big odds.

"I wouldn't like to say it was the track, but this galloping track will likely suit him better," said Oliver. "He's a big horse who has won at the Curragh before."

Aidan O'Brien's Irish Derby record

2021 High Definition, 10th 
2019 Anthony Van Dyck, 2nd 
2018 Saxon Warrior, 3rd 
2017 Wings Of Eagles, 3rd
2016 Idaho, 2nd
2015 Highland Reel, 5th 
2011 Carlton House, 4th 
2008 Tartan Bearer, 3rd 
2007 Al Shemali, 7th 

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