Fastnet Rock has sired his second northern hemisphere G1 winner with the Aidan O’Brien-trained filly Diamondsandrubies taking out the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.
Diamondsandrubies (Fastnet Rock x Quarter Moon by Sadler’s Wells) is the 21st G1 winner overall for Fastnet Rock, who will be crowned Australia’s champion sire for the third time this season. The Danehill stallion did not make the trip up from Coolmore’s base in Australia for the northern hemisphere breeding season this year for the first time since 2010.
Diamondsandrubies is the second G1 winner in the UK and Ireland for Fastnet Rock this month, joining his stablemate Qualify who won the Oaks at Epsom.
Qualify beat 10000 Guineas winner Legatissimo in the Oaks and that filly by Danehill Dancer again came off second best when she just failed to run down Diamondsandrubies at the Curragh.
Winner of the Cheshire Oaks earlier this season, Diamondsandrubies was unlucky in the Oaks at Epsom when she suffered interference when finishing fourth.
Diamondsandrubies is out of the Sadler’s Wells mare Quarter Moon, who won the G1 Moyglare Stud Stakes at two before finishing second in the Epsom Oaks and Irish Oaks for O’Brien.
The 16-year-old mare has produced seven winners including You’ll Be Mine, who was second in the G1 Fillies’ Mile, and G3-placed Born To Be King.
Quarter Moon is one of seven winners out of Jude, a daughter of Darshaan. They include Irish 1000 Guineas winner Yesterday and Oaks third All My Loving.
Diamondsandrubies has a two-year-old sister named How High The Moon, who is in training with O’Brien and who is entered to run in a maiden at Tipperary on Thursday.
• IMPOSING Irish Derby winner Jack Hobbs is the fourth G1 winner and 53rd stakes winner for his now pensioned sire Halling.
Halling was retired from full time service at Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket in 2013 at the age of 22 after the son of Diesis had covered for 17 consecutive seasons including a stint standing at Emirates Stud in Dubai.
Jack Hobbs is his fourth G1 winner joining Grand Prix de Paris winner Cavalryman, Prix Ganay winner Cutlass Bay and Preis von Europa winner Empoli.
His trainer John Gosden also trained Halling.
Purchased by Blandford Bloodstock for 60,000gns from the draft of Minster Stud at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book Two, Jack Hobbs is from the US winner Swain’s Gold, a daughter of Swain,
Bred by by former champion jockey Willie Carson, Jack Hobbs is the fifth foal from Swain’s Gold, also producing the triple winner Mrs Greeley and Niceofyoutotellme, winner of the Suffolk Handicap at Newmarket last year.
Swain’s Gold is out of the Don’t Forget Me mare Golden Pond, a G2 winner at Gulfstream Park and a half-sister to the dam of May Hill Stakes winner Pollenator.
Swain’s Gold has a two-year-old colt by Equiano, a yearling colt by Mayson and a filly foal by Australia’s Golden Slipper winner Sepoy.
Jack Hobbs is the fourth Tattersalls sold winner of the Irish Derby in five years and the first British-trained winner of Ireland’s premier classic since 1993.
The question on everyone’s lips after Jack Hobbs’ 5L romp in the Irish Derby is – just how good is the undefeated Epsom Derby winner Golden Horn?
In the Group 2 Dante Stakes at York he beat Jack Hobbs by 3L, then backed that up beating him again in the Epsom Deeby, this time by 4L. The Irish Derby field was of very good quality and the fact Jack Hobbs thrashed them with ease, can only lead you to believe that Golden Horn is a mega-star.
Bookies agree, he’s pressing champion mare Treve for favouritism for the Arc!
The Takarazuka Kinen, Hanshin, Japan
Winner: LOVELY DAY
Lovely Day broke his group 1 duck at attempt 6, holding off flying stablemate Denim and Ruby who herself was also looking for her first group 1 win at attempt 13.
The story of the race though was Gold Ship, the odds-on favourite who reared simaltaneously as the gates opened, missing the jump by a clean dozen lengths and putting paid to his chances of bringing up a hat-trick there and then.
Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, Saint-Cloud, France
Champion mare Treve notched up Group 1 win number 5 at just start 11, and again showed she’s dead on target to make history by winning a 3rd consecutive Arc, come October…No horse in the proud history of Europe’s greatest race has ever come close to achieving the feat.
Diamondsandrubies won a thrilling edition of the race narrowly tipping over race favourite Legatissimo, who has been beaten an inch at both her last two starts now at group 1 level. Ribbons was also very close up in 3rd.
The 150th Irish Derby will be run later today at Curragh in a race which is thin on numbers but still very high on quality – as Group 1 classics should be.
Here’s a runner by runner analysis of the 8 runners to do battle in the 150th edition of the Irish Derby – Ireland’s most prestigious race at the Curragh.
1.CARBON DATING – 150/1
A 5 start maiden, with just 1 placing in those starts, who is a genuine 150/1 chance in the race.
8th beaten 15L in the Epsom Derby last start and prior to that was last of the 11 to run in the Irish 2,000 Guineas, beaten 11L.
He’s completely out of his depth here and by a long way at that. The only impact he can possible have on the race is to interfere with other runners, which with fingers crossed won’t happen.
An long odds on chance to finish last.
2.GIAVANNI CANALETTO – 8/1
Aidan O’Brien trained Galileo colt who has run well at both his 3 year old appearances.
1st up he was a close-up 2nd behind Curvy in the Gr3 Gallinule Stakes at Curragh, running on stoutly to just miss.
He then went to the Epsom Derby and ran a very credible 4th, albeit beaten a massive 10L by race winner Golden Horn. Golden Horn of course doesn’t run here but the horses who finished 2nd and 3rd in front of him Jack Hobbs and Storm the Stars do. He was 2L off 3rd place getter Storm the Stars and 6.5L off the runner-up Jack Hobbs.
And so while he has significant ground to make up on that pair from Epsom, he is still very much on an upward spiral and is capable of making the necessary improvement required to figure right amongst the finish.
3.HIGHLAND REEL – 4/1
Another Aidan O’Brien trained Galileo colt, who has Ballydoyle’s number 1 hoop Ryan Moore engaged, if that’s some type of lead on stable expectation.
He was undefeated at 2 including a 12L romp on debut followed by a Gr2 win at Goodwood in the Vintage Stakes.
He resumed at 3 in the French 1,000 Guineas at Longchamp failing to fire – finishing a well beaten 6th, 6L off winner Make Believe who didn’t frank that form when he was a terrible flop at Royal Ascot.
He bounced back to something like his best form when a 1.5L 2nd in the Prix Du Jockey Club (French Derby) at Longchamp. He improved nicely between his first up and 2nd up runs and if he’s taken any further improvement out of the French run, he’ll be very hard to beat here.
A great hope, sure to run well.
4.JACK HOBBS – 4/5
Godolphin runner who is an Odds on favourite for the race thanks to his terrific 2nd in the Epsom Derby beaten 3.5L behind tear away winner Golden Horn.
He was also beaten soundly by Golden Horn in the Gr2 Dante at York, the main Epsom Derby lead up, so it’s fair to say it has the premiere 3 year old staying form around it this season.
On his seasonal reappearance at Sandown Park he trounced a high quality field by no less than a dozen lengths, so logic suggests with no Golden Horn here, he’ll be winning and winning well and that’s the view I take.
I think he’s a good thing and am very happy to capitalise on the bookies willingness to wind him out in the market. I think 4/5 ($1.80) is a pinch!
5.KILLIMANJARO – 33/1
Was 6th beaten 13L in the Epsom Derby, so I’ll keep it short and sweet. I can’t possible see it turning the tables on the 3 horses engaged here who beat him so easily in the Derby.
6.RADANPOUR – 16/1
Unbeaten Dermot Weld trained colt who could loom as the real wildcard in the race, if in fact there is to be one.
Whilst the colt certainly has a whole lot of scope, and is in the yard of the old master Weld, his latest win in the Listed King George V Cup at Leopardstown was only tradesman like in my opinion and the form behind him from the race isn’t of the highest calibre.
I find it very hard to knock winners and this Sea The Stars colt has won 3/3 but by my assessment he’d have to improve several lengths (which is a slight possibility) to challenge the major fancies here.
7.STORM THE STARS – 8/1
Stuck on terrificly in the Epsom Derby for 3rd last time out – 8L off the winner Golden Horn and 4.5L off runner up and favourite for this race Jack Hobbs. It’s hard to see him turning the tables on that horse here who will be more suited by the undulating Curragh course.
That said he’ll run a very honest race and be right in the placings.
8.QUALIFY – 10/1
The lone filly in the race.
Was a shock 50/1 winner of the Epsom Oaks last time out beating highly fancied O’Brien stablemate Leggatissimo right on the post.
As her Oaks SP would suggest her form leading into the race was very average and it was a tremendous shock to all to see her turn it around and win.
The Oaks win was no fluke, she’s a high quality filly – there’s little doubt about that. It’s very hard to line her form up against the colts but I’m happy to risk her here against some high quality males.