Curragh Derby Betting

The Irish Derby is one of the top betting events of the year in Ireland – for serious punters and for the tens of thousands of more casual fans who wager on their favourite horses just in keeping with the spirit of fun and excitement that surrounds derby day.

By the time of the Irish Derby, it’s generally already clear which three-year-old thoroughbreds are among the top ones to watch. Major flat races such as the English and Irish Guineas, the Epsom Derby and the French Prix du Jockey Club have already helped identify outstanding performers. This makes Irish Derby betting a little less unpredictable than betting on earlier races limited to three-year-olds – so keeping your eye on Irish Derby odds leading up to the race is a good way to go.

Top Trainers and Jockeys

Except in the case of a few truly exceptional thoroughbreds – who don’t grace the tracks every year – the performance of individual horses will always be prone to a fairly high degree of chance. What changes less from race to race is the performance of top trainers and jockeys. For the Irish Derby, these are often the same trainers and jockeys who participate in the English Classic races.

The top trainers to back in Irish Derby betting for 2009 include Aidan O’Brien, James (Jim) Bolger and Dermot Weld. O’Brien, Bolger and Weld emerged as the three top trainers in flat racing for 2007, and have each already made their entries for the Irish Derby.

In recent years, Aidan O’Brien has truly dominated the Irish Derby, with a total of five wins since 1997. It will be something of a surprise if O’Brien doesn’t produce the antepost race favourite.

Two other trainers to back in Irish Derby betting are Kevin Prendergast and John M. Oxx, whose Ridgewood Pearl won the race in 1985. After O’Brien, Weld and Bolger, Prendergast and Oxx emerged as the trainers with the most wins over the 2007 flat racing season.

It’s worth noting that Dermot Weld’s and John Oxx’s stables are located in the area surrounding the Curragh – giving them added familiarity with the track.

With the top owners and trainers go the top jockeys. Currently ranked highest in flat racing are Pat Smullen (Irish Derby winner on Dermot Weld-trained Grey Swallow, in 2004), Kevin Manning, DP McDonogh, FM Berry and the 2007 Irish Derby winner, JA Heffernan.

See Irish Derby winners for details of the trainers and jockeys who’ve won the derby in recent years.

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