Treasure Beach gave Aidan O’Brien his ninth victory in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby,and his sixth Derby in succession,when defeating stablemate Seville at the Curragh on Sunday.
It was a maiden victory in the race for Cork born rider Colm O’Donoghue. His mount travelled well in fourth for most of the mile-and-a-half contest as he tracked the pace set by Memphis Tennessee. Two furlongs out it looked between Seville and Carlton House, with the latter travelling best.
However, the favourite was unable to pick up close home and Seville and Treasure Beach fought out the finish. At the line,the latter had three-quarters of a length to spare. Pacemaker Memphis Tennessee held on for third togive O’Brien a one,two,three.
O’Brien said: “Memphis Tennesse set a nice, even pace and it seemed to suit all the horses. Colm was excellent on Treasure Beach and settled him beautifully before producing him brilliantly. Treasure Beach has progressed with every run and he has a few options now – he could go for the Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp, the King George (Ascot), or else he could have a break before coming back for the second half of the season. We are very lucky in that his owners have decided to keep their horses in training as four-year-olds, and that gives us options with giving the three-year-olds breaks”.