Jack Hobbs wins Irish Derby at the Curragh for John Gosden

Jack Hobbs wins the Irish Derby
Jack Hobbs was second to Golden Horn at York and Epsom

Favourite Jack Hobbs won the 150th Irish Derby at the Curragh under jockey William Buick for trainer John Gosden.

The 10-11 shot, second in the Derby at Epsom behind stablemate Golden Horn, scored by five lengths from Storm The Stars, with Giovanni Canaletto third.

Jack Hobbs is the first British-trained winner of the race since Commander In Chief, for Henry Cecil, in 1993.

Storm The Stars (10-1), who was third at Epsom, made the running but Jack Hobbs powered past for victory.

"It was genuine good to firm ground and it's nice to see the form from Epsom working out so solidly," said Newmarket trainer Gosden.

"He travelled really well and William just waited after he came at the head of the straight and I loved the way he finished off his race.

"The second horse has run a blinder and he was third at Epsom."

Did you know?
Jack Hobbs was named after the Surrey batsman, who was one of England's finest cricketers in the early part of the 20th Century

He said the horse would be rested before contesting the Prix Niel in September and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe the following month.

Bookmakers reacted by cutting Jack Hobbs' odds for the Arc to around 7-1 (from 14s) behind 3-1 favourite Treve and 4-1 chance Golden Horn.

Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin racing team bought a majority share in the colt after he was runner-up to Golden Horn in the Dante Stakes at York in May.

"I had a lot of belief in him before Epsom and he was even better today. He's a horse that's improving all the time," said Buick.

BBC racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght
"Presumably those who claimed after the Epsom Derby - even though it was run in a very fast time - that it was not a high-quality running of the Classic, will be eating their words.
"For the second (who positively ran away with it this time) third and fourth to have filled the first three placings in Ireland is a big boost to the Epsom result, especially to the winner Golden Horn a week before an expected showdown with the French Derby winner New Bay in the Eclipse at Sandown."

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