Jack Hobbs takes Dubai Duty Free at the Curragh

Epsom runner-up Jack Hobbs turned in a brilliant performance to take the glory in the 150th Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh.

Jack Hobbs takes Dubai Duty Free at the Curragh

Epsom runner-up Jack Hobbs turned in a brilliant performance to take the glory in the 150th Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh.

The John Gosden-trained colt found stable companion Golden Horn too hot to handle in the both the Dante at York and in the Investec Derby, but with his old rival back in Newmarket being prepared for next week's Coral-Eclipse, Jack Hobbs was the 10-11 favourite to enjoy his big day.

The market leader broke smartly under William Buick, carrying the blue of Godolphin, before being taken back to settle in third place.

Epsom third Storm The Stars took the field along for much of the mile-and-a-half journey, but Jack Hobbs loomed alongside ominously straightening up for home.

Once let down by a confident Buick, who had ensured there was never any likelihood of being hemmed in by Giovanni Canaletto off the turn, Gosden's charge quickly asserted and galloped on relentlessly for a runaway success.

Storm The Stars ran an excellent race from the front in second, with Giovanni Canaletto back in third.

Those ridden more patiently, including Aidan O'Brien's Oaks heroine Qualify and her well-fancied stablemate Highland Reel, never threatened to land a blow.

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