By Simon Jackson.
Investec Derby runner-up Jack Hobbs franked the form of Epsom when he landed the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby from Storm The Stars and Giovanni Canaletto.
The trio had finished in the same order when second, third and fourth behind Jack Hobbs’ stablemate Golden Horn in the Derby at Epsom on June 6.
In Ireland on Saturday Jack Hobbs raced close to the pace under William Buick for the bulk of the journey before improving to lead a furlong out. He kept on to score by five lengths from Storm The Stars with Giovanni Canaletto five and a half lengths back in third place.
The Irish Derby result boosts the form of Golden Horn who is trading at odds of around 4-7 for his much anticipated next run in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown on Saturday.
John Gosdan, the trainer of Jack Hobbs and Golden Horn said: “It’s nice to see the form from Epsom working out so solidly.
“Jack Hobbs did it in good style. He got a nice split at the head of the straight and then William waited with him, which was right. You don’t want to start pushing too soon. This old track takes some getting, but I love the way he finished his race out.
“Quite frankly, it’s solid Epsom form, the second has run a blinder and was third to us at Epsom, so there’s nothing wrong with the form.
“We’ll put him away now and go for the Prix Niel and then on to the Arc. We’ll just try to have two more runs this year, he needs a holiday now, this boy. He’s big, rangy and quite light-framed and he just needs to fill out.”
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