Sunday 4 December 2016

Sky too strong for Irish

Published 13/06/2011 | 05:00

There was no joy for the Irish-trained runners in the English Derby at Wimbledon on Saturday night as Taylors Sky turned in a wonderful performance to break his own record while providing legendary trainer Charlie Lister with a record sixth Derby title.

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Taylors Sky, a son of Westmead Hawk and Rising Angel, which was bred by Noel and Damian Fleming in Ballyduff Upper, shot away from Trap 1 while there was some crowding on the outside.

Barefoot Bullet was well enough away and had a real chance when disputing second on the run up with Westmead Guru. But he simply couldn't get around this massive tracker and came home a well beaten third, with fellow raider Razldazl George a disappointing fifth.

Taylors Sky was clear into the back straight and was never threatened as he won by five and a quarter lengths from Westmead Guru in 28.17, with Barefoot Bullet over a length back in third.

On the home front, there were exceptional times in the third round of the Sporting Press Irish Oaks at Shelbourne, with Pat Buckley's Beaming Olive the fastest as she led home Droopys Twirl by a length and a half in 28.37.

Just spots behind were Mutual Decision in 28.41 and Mozzletoff in 28.43, while the other heat was won by Cool It Baby in 28.80.

New record holder Definate Opinion crashed out of the St Leger at Limerick after suffering early traffic problems.

His race was won by Inislosky Magoo in 29.92. Fastest second-round winner was Paul Hennessy's What A Tornado in 29.58.

Irish Independent

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