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Teofilo's Trading Leather Wins the Irish Derby
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18.30 at CGHG1 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby  [1 1/2m (T)]Winner: Trading Leather (Ire), c, 3 by Teofilo (Ire)
   When the chips were down, it was Jim and Jackie Bolger’s Trading Leather (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}) who was carrying the weightiest punch to prevail in the G1 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at The Curragh yesterday. Showing he was suited to the Kildare venue’s galloping nature when third in the May 25 G1 Irish 2000 Guineas and successful in the June 9 Listed Silver S. The Coolcullen homebred, who started at 6-1, was kept close to the early pace-setters by Kevin Manning, which helped his cause as he gained first run on Galileo Rock (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and the fancied runners passing the quarter pole. Drawing on his deep reserves late on, he asserted for a 1 3/4-length verdict over that rival as the G1 Epsom Derby hero Ruler of the World (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) failed to fire in fifth. “It’s a wonderful day and a great achievement,” commented Jim Bolger, who bred the winner, his sire and dam. “I have to give credit to my nephew Ken who looks after the mare and foaled and reared him and to my staff at Coolcullen for the wonderful job that they do with him every day. This is the best--I haven’t had anything like this. Last week at Ascot would have come close, for obvious reasons, but this is the best.”

Saturday, Curragh, Ireland
DUBAI DUTY FREE IRISH DERBY-G1, €1,250,000, Curragh, 6-29, 3yo, c/f, 1 1/2mT, 2:27.17, gd/fm.
1--sTRADING LEATHER (IRE), 126, c, 3, by Teofilo (Ire)
     1st Dam: Night Visit (GB), by Sinndar (Ire)
     2nd Dam: Moonlight Sail, by Irish River (Fr)
     3rd Dam: Cadeaux d’Amie, by Lyphard
   O-Mrs J S Bolger; B/T-Jim Bolger; J-Kevin Manning;
   €725,000. Lifetime Record: GSW-Eng, 8-4-2-1,
   €869,506. Werk Nick Rating: A++. Click for
   the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2--Galileo Rock (Ire), 126, c, 3, Galileo (Ire)--Grecian
   Bride (Ire), by Groom Dancer. (€150,000 yrl ‘11
   GOFSPT). O-Michael O’Flynn; B-Rockfield Farm;
   T-David Wachman; €250,000.
3--Festive Cheer (Fr), 126, c, 3, Montjeu (Ire)--Bold
   Classic, by Pembroke. (68,000gns wnlg ‘10
   TATDEC). O-Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Susan
   Magnier; B-Societa Agricola Gem SRL & December
   Bloodstock; T-Aidan O’Brien; €125,000.

Margins: 1 3/4, 1 3/4, HF. Odds: 6-1, 9-1, 33-1.
Also Ran: Cap o’Rushes (GB), Ruler of the World (Ire), Little White Cloud (Ire), Ralston Road (Ire), Libertarian (GB), Sugar Boy (Ire).
Click for the Racing Post result, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, courtesy
   Trading Leather made a promising start to his career when chasing home Battle of Marengo (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) in Leopardstown’s Listed Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Trial in early September and built on that with a seven-length maiden score over a mile at Gowran Park later that month. Taken to Newmarket to contest the G3 Autumn S. over that trip on Future Champions’ Day, the bay mastered the highly-regarded Hannon trainee Montiridge (Ire) (Ramonti {Fr}) before coming unstuck on Doncaster’s testing ground when fifth of seven in the G1 Racing Post Trophy a fortnight later. At the time of his 1 1/4-length defeat by Libertarian (GB) (New Approach {Ire}) in the G2 Dante S. over an extended 10-furlong trip at York May 16, Jim Bolger was exuding confidence about the Derby bid of Dawn Approach (Ire) (New Approach {Ire}) and so Trading Leather was denied the chance to build on his fine prep effort at Epsom. Instead, he ran an admirable race to be third in the Irish Guineas and then an ideal trial for this Classic when subduing Lines of Battle (War Front) in the Silver S., where he displayed a relentless galloping style on his favored fast surface. one that matters when annexing the G1 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby.
   Keen initially before Libertarian’s pacemaker Cap O’Rushes (GB) (New Approach {Ire}) and the outsider Ralston Road (Ire) (Dylan Thomas {Ire}) set a tempo that he could settle behind, he was three lengths down on the former as he was committed on the home turn and took until the quarter pole to work his way past the race’s surprise package. While Joseph O’Brien was busy on the 4-5 favorite Ruler of the World (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and getting no instant response, it was Ballydoyle’s second-string Festive Cheer (Fr) who looked set to present a real threat but he was stopped in his daring rail-running bid by the hanging Cap O’Rushes approaching the furlong pole. Galileo Rock was left to throw down the only meaningful challenge, but Trading Leather was always holding him and was drawing away again in the final yards. “He was a bit rusty in the Dante and had been held up a little bit beforehand as well,” Jim Bolger said. “We’d expected he would improve a nice bit for that and unfortunately we had to run him in the Guineas so he didn’t get to show it until the Silver Stakes. I was very happy from flagfall and he just had to bid his time. We’d have no worried about going back to ten furlongs with him and the only requirement is good ground. He was a little bit slow coming to hand last year and we managed to hold on to him--I did put him on offer a couple of times, but nobody rushed in. They could do now, but we need a stallion so we’ll see what happens.” Kevin Manning added, “It was a true-run race and he picked up and lengthened all the way to the line. He has a will to win and loves that quick ground. He has everything that you want in a top mile-and-a-half horse and this is one of the most special ones of my career. It’s a great privilege to win.”
   Galileo Rock’s rider Wayne Lordan said of the runner-up, “I was a little bit flat in the middle of the race and when I got to Kevin [Manning]’s girth although he tried and ran a blinder, the winner picked up.” His trainer David Wachman added, “We made a bit of a race of it, so we’re happy with that and he’s definitely stepping forward. He needs to again to be competitive at the back-end and he’ll be in the G1 St. Leger [at Doncaster Sept. 14] and we’ll see how he is, but good ground is essential and as a 4-year-old he’ll really come into his own.” Aidan O’Brien said of the disappointing Ruler of the World, “He was a little bit edgy before the race and Joseph’s first reaction was that maybe that he didn’t get the mile and a half around here--it is stiff and they went a real pace the whole way. He won the Derby by quickening and this was a proper test, so maybe we’ll give him a break and go back to a mile and a quarter. He probably needs that, so we’ll start him back in the autumn. He is a horse with plenty of pace and he could go for the G1 Irish Champion S. [at Leopardstown Sept. 7], but we’ll see how he goes.”

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