Irish luckless in derby
The Irish were totally out of luck in the final of the Williamhill.com English Derby at Wimbledon on Saturday ,when Blonde Snapper ran out an 8/1 winner of the £125,000 prize.
Judicial Ruling went to the bend along with defending champion Taylors Sky, with Blonde Snapper in close attendance on the outside.
The Irish hopeful looked set to shoot ahead on the bend, but Taylors Sky didn't take his normal inside line and he bumped heavily with Judicial Ruling, which was pushed on to Blonde Snapper.
The surprise favourite Farloe Ironman was now left in second and he challenged for the lead into the third corner. However, Blonde Snapper cut him off here and ran on to win by a length and three parts from Farloe, with Coolavanny Bert some three and a half lengths back in third.
The winner is a son of Droopys Kewell and Rough Charley and was bred in Antrim by John McQuillan. He is trained by Mark Wallis for Mark Currell.
The first round of the Sporting Press Irish Oaks was concluded at Shelbourne Park and fastest winner was John O'Flynn's Milldean Tally as she ran away with her heat in 28.42 at odds of 12/1.
Another shock winner was 14/1 chance Crossfield Tina, which came in at in 28.77.
However, leading fancies such as Cabra Millie, Airforce Diva, Tyrur Monica and Borna Gem all scored impressive victories.