RACING: Manager of Killarney Race Course, Philip O’Brien.
The team at Killarney Racecourse is celebrating ahead of the July Festival of Racing following a glorious double that links the track with one of the premier classic events in world racing.
This year’s Epson Derby winner, Anthony Van Dyck – a son of the great Galileo – triumphed in the Stallion Farms EBF Maiden in Killarney last July when he was piloted to an eight-length victory by Donnacha O’Brien.
That followed the success of 2017 Derby champion Wings of Eagles who won in Killarney in 2017, under jockey Padraig Beggy, making it a delightful double not only for top trainer, Aidan O’Brien, but for the Killarney course.
Anthony Van Dyck will again headline Aidan O’Brien’s six contenders for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh this Saturday.
“Killarney has unearthed some notable performers in the very recent past along with some household names such as the two Derby winners and we expect many more budding superstars will perform at the track this year and in the future,” Racing Manager Philip O’Brien said.
“The fact that trainers of the calibre of Aidan O’Brien are happy to bring their best horses here is testament to just how good the course is and how respected it is.”
The next meeting at the Ross Road course is scheduled for July 15 to 19.