Epsom Derby Top Three Headline Irish Derby

Epsom Derby Top Three Headline Irish Derby
Photo: Trevor Jones
Epsom Derby winner North Light seeks the Irish classic equivalent Sunday.
The top three finishers from the June 5 Vodafone Epsom Derby (Eng-I)‹North Light, Rule of Law, and Let The Lion Roar, respectively‹are among 13 confirmed for Sunday?s Budweiser Irish Derby (Ire-I) at The Curragh racecourse.

In the Vodafone Derby, North Light (by Danehill) gave Michael Stoute his fourth Derby success as a trainer and jockey Kieren Fallon his third victory in the British classic.

Renewal of the Vodafone Derby rivalry was confirmed Tuesday when Godolphin paid 95,000Euros to supplement Rule of Law (by Kingmambo) to the Irish classic.

Plans by trainer John Gosden to work his two Irish Derby contenders‹Percussionist and Day Flight‹at Newbury racecourse Tuesday night were called off after rain that had been anticipated did not materialize.

Horses entered in the Budweiser Derby are: Book of Kings, Cobra, Dalayan, Day Flight, Five Dynasties, Grey Swallow, Let The Lion Roar, Mikado, Moscow Ballet, North Light, Percussionist, and Tycoon.

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