Jack Hobbs Wins Irish Derby

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The favourite Jack Hobbs has become the first British trained winner of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby in more than two decades by romping to victory at The Curragh. He claimed a 5 length win over Storm the Stars, with Giovanni Canaletto third. It’s a first win in the race for trainer John Gosden, who spoke with Mike Vince afterwards [audio_player src=”http://media.radiokerry.ie/mediamanager/embed/audio/41946/medium/”] It’s a first Irish classic win, in his first season as one of the retained riders for Godolphin, for jockey William Buick [audio_player src=”http://media.radiokerry.ie/mediamanager/embed/audio/41947/medium/”] Cork’s Alan O’Regan ensured a home win for the rebel county, with victory in the eighth round of the Connolly’s RED MILLS Munster Grand Prix league at Charleville Show. O’Regan and the ten-year-old son of Harlequin du Carel had already finished as runners-up earlier this year at Midleton and they went even better at Charleville collecting the winners red rosette in emphatic style, finishing double clear in 36.80 seconds, almost six seconds faster than their nearest challenger. League leader Francis Connors finished as runner-up with Cindoctro, while Phillip Horgan and GVD Mispelaere produced the only other double clear round to finish third. David Moran and Derg Showtime did post the second fastest time of the jump-off but one fence down left them in fourth, while Noelle Barry and Norway Venture did go clear in round one but finished with 11 faults second time out to take fifth, just ahead of Maura Counihan and Coral Du Carel who were the fastest four-fault score in the opening round to take sixth place overall. LAURA CONNORS SCORED FBD SPEED SERIES DOUBLE The FBD Speed Series at Charleville saw Co Waterford young rider Laura Connors score her second win in succession with Justjump. The nine-year-old mare by Master Imp had won last time out in the FBD Speed Series at Killeagh and they once again proved unbeatable at Charleville after a double clear round in 31.70 seconds. Paul Beecher finished as runner-up with Britt M, just under two seconds further back, while Francis Connors and Drummin Jacqueline slotted into third. Cork young rider Patrick Joyce grabbed fourth place with Dusty Dude while Kerry’s Sinead Kennedy and KEC Delilah finished fifth, just ahead of Colin Hannah and Lackaview Bonnie in sixth. The Connolly’s RED MILLS Munster Grand Prix league now enters its busiest period of the season, with Tallow Gymkhana hosting the next round of jumping this Thursday, before a double-bill of action this coming weekend at West Clare on Saturday and Clonmel Show on Sunday. Connolly’s RED MILLS Munster Grand Prix League – Charleville Show Co Cork 27/06/2015 1. Alan O’Regan/Electric Feel 0/0 36.80 2. Francis Connors/Cindoctro 0/0 42.55 3. Phillip Horgan/GVD Mispelaere 0/0 45.30 4. David Moran/Derg Showtime 0/4 38.78 5. Norway Venture Noelle Barry 0/11 84.94 6. Maura Counihan/Coral du Carel Maura 4/ 81.02 7. Capital Cruise/Francis Connors 4/ 84.44 8. Noelle Barry/One Cool Cruise 4/ 84.71 28 Starters FBD Speed Series – Charleville Show Co Cork 27/06/2015 1. Laura Connors/Justjump 0/0 31.70 2. Paul Beecher/Britt M 0/0 33.56 3. Francis Connors/Drumin Jacqueline 0/0 33.57 4. Patrick Joyce/Dusty Dude/ 0/0 33.82 5. Sinead Kennedy/Kec Deliliah 0/0 33.87 6. Colin Hannah/Lackaview Bonnie 35.78 47 starters