English Derby placings contend today’s Irish Derby

The Irish Derby is the key race today, Saturday and the three runners which were virtually in a blanket finish in the Epsom equivalent will again be in opposition.

The quartet of Anthony Van Dyck, Madhmoon , Japan and Broome were separated by the narrowest of margins in a breathtaking finish in the English race, with Anthony Van Dyck ridden by Seamie Heffernan and trained by Aidan O’Brien,taking the race by half a length from Madhmoon.

Madhmoon – could this be his day?
Photo: courtesy of John Simpson

The latter, trained by Kevin Prendergast, did not have a clear run in closing stages and had to be switched. Given a good run, he has a chance of reversing the English one-two.

Meanwhile Anthony Van Dyck has the advantage of having achieved a good victory over talented rivals.  Also he appears to act on any going and has Ryan Moore in the saddle. He has a good turn of foot.

Japan, ridden by Wayne Lordan and trained  by A P O’Brien, was another close contender, beaten into third place in the English Derby by the smallest of distances-a nose, even though his rider dropped his whip 100 yards out.

Meanwhile Broome was a short head further  back in fourth place.

There is all to play for today  in what should be a fascinating race.













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