BY HITTING his rivals for six with a runaway win in the 150th Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby, Jack Hobbs enhanced the reputation still further of stablemate Golden Horn – the horse of the 2015 Flat season.
The only horse to beat the John Gosden-trained Jack Hobbs this season is Golden Horn who prevailed when the stablemates clashed in York’s Dante Stakes and Epsom Derby, and who will look to add to his own big-race haul in Sandown’s Coral-Eclipse this Saturday.
Indeed, the Derby form was upheld with honour when Jack Hobbs, Storm The Stars and Giovanni Canaletto – second, third and fourth at Epsom – filled the first three places at the Curragh on Saturday night.
William Buick kept things simple aboard Jack Hobbs, positioning him close to the pace as the William Haggas-trained Storm The Stars cut out the running under Pat Cosgrave.
Jack Hobbs, a gangly horse only now coming into his own, loomed ominously alongside from the home turn and showed thrilling acceleration once asked the question by a confident Buick to seal Classic glory in a matter of strides.
The official winning margin was five lengths as Jack Hobbs won Ireland’s premier race six months to the day after making a winning debut at Wolverhampton.
The first British-trained winner of the Irish Derby since Commander In Chief in 1993, it was also a special moment for Gosden who was winning the race for the first time. He served his apprenticeship at Ballydoyle and was closely associated with Vincent O’Brien and Lester Piggott’s 1977 dual Derby winner The Ministrel.
Gosden has held Jack Hobbs and Golden Horn in the highest regard since they galloped together on August 23 last year. While Golden Horn is likely to be retired to stud at the end of this season, Jack Hobbs is a longer-term proposition and could dominate the mile-and-a-half division for some time.