Runner by runner guide to the 2022 Irish Derby

The eight runners and riders for Saturday's classic at the Curragh

Friday, June 24, 2022

Tuesday, aiming to be become only the third horse to win the Oaks and Irish Derby after Salsabil in 1990 and Balanchine in 1994

Saturday sees one of the highlights in the racing calendar, the prestigious Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby, writes Tom Masters. 

First run way back in 1886, the third classic of the season has an illustrious roll of honour, with some of the sport’s true greats claiming glory at the famous Curragh.

Last year it was the turn of Hurricane Lane, who beat Lone Eagle by a neck, as Charlie Appleby and Godolphin scooped up the bulk of the €1 million prize money. 

But who will write their name into racing folklore at the latest renewal?

Below, we look at the eight horses in contention for Saturday’s big one.

1 - Boundless Ocean (Trainer: Boundless Ocean; jockey: Kevin Manning) - 50/1 

Jim Bolger’s runner for this one currently has the biggest price in the field. 

Won at Leopardstown in April, but couldn’t handle the step up in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, finishing 13th out of 15. 

Not likely to be among the front runners. 

2 – French Claim (Trainer: Paddy Twomey; jockey: Billy Lee) - 33/1

A victory in Cork, followed by third at Leopardstown has convinced Paddy Twomey to declare French Claim in the Irish Derby.

Descending from the great Galileo, he has proven his ability to stay strongly – winning by nine lengths in Cork. 

An outside bet perhaps, but as the odds suggest, one with a bit more of a chance. 

3 – Glory Daze (Trainer: Andy Oliver; jockey: Ronan Whelan) - 33/1 

A comfortable winner on this track back in April, but was then well beaten by Stone Age at Leopardstown. 

Ran the distance in the Epsom Derby but struggled, finishing 14th

Not likely to be among the front runners. 

4 – Hannibal Barca (Trainer: Joseph O’Brien; jockey: Shane Crosse) - 10/1  

Won by a length on this ground in May in the Gallinule - his only race to date under Joseph O’Brien. 

Finished fourth in the Vertem Futurity Trophy Stakes at Doncaster last year under Brian Meehan. 

Could be a contender as O’Brien looks to win the race for a second time (after Latrobe in 2018)


5 – Lionel (Trainer: David Menuisier; jockey: Jamie Spencer) - 17/2 

Won at Goodwood over a mile and three furlongs in May and finished narrowly third at Newbury over the same distance. 

Proven he has the stamina to stay which makes him one to look out for. 

Certainly among the favourites - if he can get into the right position could be a real threat. 

6 – Piz Badile (Trainer: Donnacha O’Brien; jockey: Gavin Ryan) - 9/1 

One of the big disappointments of the Epsom Derby, when coming home in 12th after going off at 9/1. 

Did win at Leopardstown in April ahead of Buckaroo and Duke De Sessa. 

Was his outing at the Downs a blip? Saturday will tell us everything we need to know. 

7 – Westover (Trainer: Ralph Beckett; jockey Colin Keane) - 13/8

Ralph Beckett’s contender caught the eye after finishing third in the Epsom Derby, after going off at 25/1, building on a victory at Sandown Classic Trial.

One of the favourites for the race after staying on well at Epsom and has top pedigree coming from Frankel. 

The highest rated horse in the race, should be among the frontrunners come the end and may well have enough to claim Derby glory.

8 – Tuesday (Trainer: Aidan O’Brien; jockey Ryan Moore) - 11/8F 

Looking to becoming just the third horse to win both the Irish Derby and the Oaks and the first in 28 years. 

Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore picked up the top trainer and the top jockey awards respectively at Royal Ascot.

With form on their side you’d be bold to bet against O’Brien winning his 15th Irish Derby. 

Won by just a shoulder at Epsom, will she join Salsabil and Balanchine in Curragh folklore?

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