Irish Derby Betting, The Curragh
The Irish Derby is among one of the major three-year-old races of the season in Ireland. Run at the Curragh over 12 furlongs, it is the Irish equivalent to the Derby run at Epsom and pulls in a massive crowd that savour the atmosphere.
Along with the Irish Oaks, Irish 1000 Guineas, 2000 Guineas and Irish St Leger, the Irish Derby is classified as an Irish Classic race and is of massive importance for a successful stud career.
With the race falling three weekends after the Derby, it has a habit of producing horses that win both English and Irish Derbies.
A total of sixteen horses have now completed the English-Irish Derby double, with the most recent being Camelot in 2012. Perhaps the most impressive of all the double-winners was the great Nijinksy, who also went onto complete the English Triple-Crown by winning the St Leger in 1970.
No other trainer has really had a look-in in recent years of the Irish Derby as Aidan O'Brien has won the last seven renewals, and has ten wins, in total, to his name.
This phenomenal record was started by Desert King in 1997, and incredible horses such as Galileo, High Chaparral and Fame And Glory have followed him in the last ten years. Camelot won for the Ballydoyle master in 2012, following up wins in the Guineas and Derby.
The Montjeu colt was impressive when winning the 2000 Guineas, despite the one mile trip being on the sharp-side for him, and then looked more at home when winning the Derby before seeing off Born To Sea in the Irish Derby.
He later went onto get beat in the St Leger, denying him that elusive Triple Crown.
The 2013 renewal looks a wide-open affair at this stage but O'Brien is likely to target this race with his top three-year-old and that horse could be the very exciting Mars.