Favoured runners Ruler Of The World (Galileo – Love Me True, by Kingmambo) and Libertarian (New Approach – Intrum Morshaan, by Darshaan) never fired a shot as Trading Leather (Teofilo – Night Visit, by Sinndar) raced away with Saturday’s Group 1 Irish Derby (12f) at Curragh.
Ruler Of The World, Libertarian and Galileo Rock filled the placings in the Group 1 Epsom Derby (12f) earlier in June but were unable to reproduce the trifecta as Trading Leather prevailed in the genuinely-run affair to become the third Group 1 winner for Darley stallion Teofilo (Galileo – Speirbhean, by Danehill).
Rider Kevin Manning kept Trading Leather comfortable in third spot behind the two front-runners before producing the three-year-old for his winning run with two-and-a-half furlongs to travel.
Trading Leather claimed the on-pacers before driving clear of Galileo Rock (Galileo – Grecian Bride, by Groom Dancer) to score by 1-3/4 lengths, giving trainer Jim Bolger his second Irish Derby success and ending Aidan O’Brien’s seven-year winning streak.
“Everything went to according to plan. We were hoping we’d get a nice pace and to just drop in behind them,” Bolger told Irish Racing. “He settled very well and we always knew that he would get the trip.
“It is probably a career topping day and it doesn’t really get any better than this.
Trading Leather finished third in the Group 1 Irish 2000 Guineas (1m) and second in the Group 2 Dante Stakes (10-1/2f) before scoring in the Listed Silver Stakes (11f) on June 9. Bolger said the presence of his stable star Dawn Approach (New Approach – Hymn Of The Dawn, by Phone Trick) prevented Trading Leather from tackling the Epsom Derby.
“He would have went to Epsom had Dawn Approach not been there. He needs a good strong gallop and we weren’t sure about the stamina of Dawn Approach so it didn’t make sense running the two of them in it,” Bolger said.
“We will have to think about where we will go with him next but we need to be careful about the going as he likes nice underfoot conditions.
“The dam is by Sinndar and personally I never had doubts about his stamina although others did.”
Trading Leather is the first stakes winner for his dam Night Visit but he also hails from the same family as outstanding performers Hatoof and Irish Pride (both Irish River – Cadeaux D’Amie, by Lyphard).