The winner of the 2021 Irish Derby will win over half a million Euros. Check out our trends, runner-by-runner guide and free Irish Derby 2021 tips.
When Is The Irish Derby 2021?
The 2021 Irish Derby takes place at 15.45 on Saturday 26 June at the Curragh. It is the fourth race on an eight-race card.
What Distance Is The Irish Derby?
The Irish Derby is run over 1 mile and 4 furlongs.
Irish Derby Trends 2021
Seven of the last ten Irish Derby winners have been drawn in stall five or lower. Four of the last six have been drawn in stall one or two, but that hasn’t stopped Treasure Beach, Latrobe, and Santiago winning from stalls 8, 8, and 11.
Nine of the last ten winners had run between 20 and 28 days earlier, and six had won their previous run. Aidan O’Brien has saddled six of the last ten Irish Derby winners, but Ryan Moore hasn’t ridden any of them.
Eight of the last ten winners have been returned at 6/1 or lower, but the 2018 and 2019 winners were returned at odds of 14/1 (15.0) and 33/1 (34.00).
Irish Derby Runner-By-Runner Guide 2021
One of Aidan O’Brien’s five entries and, while he’s not the choice of Ryan Moore, Emmet McNamara did ride the 2020 Derby winner for his boss. But his three runs this season haven’t given any hint that he’s good enough to win an Irish Derby, especially when outpaced over a longer distance in the Queen’s Vase last time. Drawn in stall two.
Needs to improve judged on the form of his win over Arturo Toscanini last time and it’s more worrying that his last two wins have come on heavy ground. There is some rain forecast at the Curragh but he’s still an outsider.
Represents trainer Donnacha O’Brien and won his first race of the season last time when stepped up to 1 mile 4 furlongs. Looks held on some of his form-lines before that and he needs to find further improvement to play a major role.
One of Aidan O’Brien’s big talking horses earlier in the season but he sidestepped the Epson Derby after being beaten in the Dante Stakes at York. The money for him this week and the booking of Ryan Moore suggests he’s the stable’s number one hope, and he could easily have taken a massive step forward since his seasonal debut. The negatives are he was beaten at York 44 days ago and he’s drawn in stall ten.
Had enjoyed the benefit of a race before winning the Dante Stakes, where he finished two lengths in front of the re-opposing High Definition. He then took another step forward when third in the Epsom Derby, where he didn’t seem to handle the track as well as he did at York. He holds every chance on that form and has a decent draw in stall three.
English trainer Martyn Meade has booked Frankie Dettori to ride his son of Galileo and this winner of four of his six races in not without a chance. He was beaten into fourth on his seasonal debut, but that run behind Alenquer, Alayar, and Yibir represents some of the strongest 3-year-old form this year. He also reversed the firm with Yibir last time. Connections will be hoping for a bit of rain, as he’s proven with cut, and he’ll also need a bit of luck from stall eight.
The form of his win in the Irish 2,000 Guineas looks even better after the runner-up won a Group 1 at Royal Ascot, but Mac Swiney seemed to run out of petrol in the closing stages of the Irish Derby and he’s vulnerable to stronger stayers.
Third of the Aidan O’Brien runners but the only thing to recommend him is his draw in stall one. Needs the step up to 1 mile and 4 furlongs to bring about massive improvement and he may still not be good enough.
Still a maiden after three runs but he finished second in the Epsom Derby on the third of those. That was a brilliant run for an inexperienced horse and, though his runs came with a bit of cut in the ground, there’s no reason why this son of Sea The Stars won’t handle faster conditions.
The fourth of Aidan O’Brien’s runners in this year’s Irish Derby but his best of three runs this season came over a mile when third in the Irish 2,000 Guineas. Hard to see him winning this, though he has a reasonable draw in stall five.
The fifth of Aidan O’Brien’s runners but, while a draw in stall 11 isn’t an obvious plus point, he ran okay at Royal Ascot. The booking of Seamie Heffernan suggests he’s the stable’s second string.
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Aidan O’Brien has saddled a couple of big-priced runners to win the Irish Derby but most of his winners have been aiming the favourites. High Definition looks the obvious one for Ballydoyle and the money is interesting for him, even if his form does not yet match the hype.
Hurricane Lane beat High Definition at York and it’s difficult to see why he’s three times the price of the Aidan O’Brien runner here. He has since been beaten in the Derby but will prefer the Curragh to Epsom, goes on a variety of ground conditions, and is well-drawn in stall three.
But there’s no getting away from the fact that Hurricane Lane finished well behind Mojo Star. Richard Hannon’s runner was 50/1 on the day there didn’t appear to be any fluke about the performance, and he could have plenty of improvement to come, with stall four a decent draw. He’s preferred to Lone Eagle, who also has decent form in the book but maybe best with a bit more juice in the ground.
Irish Derby 2021 Tip
Mojo Star (each-way)