3:45pm Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (Group 1): MOJO STAR | Dom’s Pick at the Curragh
All racing eyes turn to the Curragh on Saturday afternoon with the 2021 installment of the Irish Derby set to take place in County Kildare.
Despite still being a maiden, what better way for Richard Hannon’s Mojo Star to shed that tag than here following his epic success in the Epsom Downs equivalent earlier this month.
The step up to the mile-and-a-half trip saw him get as close to Adayar as any other rival, and his form with his previous conquerors over ten furlongs even reads pleasingly.
Despite slightly quicker ground across the Irish Sea, there’s no immediate reason to see what Saturday rival Hurricane Lane will overturn the form here.
He saw off hot-favourite High Definition in the Dante Stakes but was all the rage before his York exploits so does have a bit of a point to prove now over the longer trip, and Ballydoyle aren’t firing on all cylinders despite Aidan O’Brien’s brilliant record in this race.