Irish Derby 2021 runner-by-runner guide to the Curragh Classic

Paddy's ultimate guide to the Irish Derby 2021.

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The Irish Derby 2021 field has been declared and we’ve got the low-down on the 11 runners set to go to post at the Curragh on Saturday June 26 at 3.45pm.

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Mac Swiney

Trainer: J. S. Bolger Jockey: K. J. Manning

Very smart colt who notched up second Group 1 when making all in Irish 2000 Guineas here. Not at his best when fourth in Derby at Epsom but should prove fully effective at 1m4f. Sort to bounce back.

Van Gogh

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien Jockey: C. T. Keane

Smart colt who arrives on back of creditable runs in Irish 2000 Guineas here and Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly. No forlorn hope with this longer trip promising to suit.

Wordsworth

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien Jockey: Seamie Heffernan

Improving colt who opened his account in maiden here before twice runner-up, staying on strongly in Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot (14.2f) 10 days ago. Has more to offer, and he needs considering.

Arturo Toscanini

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien Jockey: Emmet McNamara

Debut winner who has shown useful form this term when second in Gallinule Stakes here and seventh to Kemari in Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot (14.2f, firm) 10 days ago. Plenty more needed now, though.

Fernando Vichi

Trainer: Donnacha Aidan O’Brien Jockey: G. M. Ryan

Useful colt who got back to winning ways in listed race at Leopardstown (12f, good) 23 days ago by ¾l from The Mediterranean. That form leaves him with lots to find here but he has more to offer.

High Definition

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien Jockey: Ryan Moore

Top-class prospect who finished with a flourish to win twice here in 2020. Shaped encouragingly on return when strong-finishing third in Dante Stakes at York, Big player now getting to tackle 1m4f.

Lone Eagle

Trainer: Martyn Meade Jockey: Frankie Dettori

Signed off progressive 2-y-o campaign by landing Group 3 at Newmarket and got right back on track with impressive 4l win in Goodwood listed race (11.2f, soft) 36 days ago. Firmly in the mix.

Matchless

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien Jockey: M. C. Hussey

Useful colt but only eighth of 9 to Mohaafeth in Hampton Court Stakes (40/1) at Royal Ascot (10f, firm) 9 days ago. Goes up in trip but faces an uphill task.

Earlswood

Trainer: John Patrick Murtagh Jockey: Ben Martin Coen

Most progressive now his stamina is being drawn out and landed Gallinule Stakes here (10f, heavy) by 1¾l from Arturo Toscanini. Not to be underestimated with this step up to 1m4f sure to suit.

Mojo Star

Trainer: Richard Hannon Jockey: Rossa Ryan

Runner-up on all his three starts, and improved greatly for the step up to 1m4f when 4½l second of 11 to Adayar in Derby (50/1) at Epsom. Very much in the shake-up.

Hurricane Lane

Trainer: Charlie Appleby Jockey: William Buick

Smart colt who also showed plenty of guts when making it 3-3 in the Dante Stakes at York. Good third to Adayar in Derby at Epsom and may do better still on this track so he’s high on the shortlist.

Irish Derby 2021 Tip

HIGH DEFINITION looked a colt of rare promise when going unbeaten in 2020 and can confirm himself a top-class colt now he gets the chance to tackle 1m4f and give Aidan O’Brien a fourth win in the past five runnings. Hurricane Lane didn’t look at ease at Epsom yet still finished third to stable-companion Adayar so is sure to be on the premises, with Mac Swiney and Van Gogh right in the mix too.

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