Posted 28/06/2017

The Irish Derby 2017

The Curragh Presents Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby

The Ultimate Summer Festival from Friday 30th June to Sunday 2nd July 2017.

There is only one place to be this summer - that’s the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at The Curragh Racecourse, Co Kildare where you can party in style… #ddfirishderby

Irish Derby at the Curragh

The Irish Derby is a Group 1^ horse race, run on the flat at the Curragh Racecourse, over a distance of 1 mile and 4 furlongs* (2,414 metres).  

It is open to 3 year old thoroughbred colts and fillies, and it is scheduled to take place each year in late June or early July.

It is Ireland's equivalent of the Epsom Derby and is currently held three weeks after the English race.

Capri wins the 2017 Irish Derby for Aidan O'Brien


The 2017 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby was won by Capri, ridden by Seamie Heffernan, and trained by Aidan O'Brien for owners Derrick Smith, Mrs John Magnier, & Michael Tabor.
The race took place on Saturday 01 July 2017 at the Curragh.

Harzand won the 2016 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby on Saturday June 25, 2016.

The horse was trained on the Curragh by Dermot Weld, is owned by His Highness Aga Khan and was ridden by champion jockey Pat Smullen, and this followed up his victory in the Epsom Derby. Harzand became the 18th colt to complete the English and Irish double

Race Records


Leading jockey (6 wins):  Morny Wing – Ballyheron (1921), Waygood (1923), Rock Star (1930), Rosewell (1938), Windsor Slipper (1942), Bright News (1946)

Leading trainer (12 wins):  Aidan O'Brien – Desert King (1997), Galileo (2001), High Chaparral (2002), Dylan Thomas (2006), Soldier of Fortune (2007), Frozen Fire (2008), Fame and Glory (2009), Cape Blanco (2010), Treasure Beach (2011), Camelot (2012), Australia (2014), Capri (2017)

Selected Winners


Year - Winner; Jockey; Trainer; Owner

1962 - Tambourine; Roger Poincelet; Etienne Pollet; Mrs Howell Jackson

1965 - Meadow Court; Lester Piggott; Paddy Prendergast; Bell / McMahon / Crosby

1967 - Ribocco; Lester Piggott; Fulke Johnson Houghton; Charles Engelhard

1970 - Nijinsky; Liam Ward; Vincent O'Brien; Charles Engelhar

1975 - Grundy; Pat Eddery; Peter Walwyn; Carlo Vittadini

1977 - The Minstrel; Lester Piggott; Vincent O'Brien; Robert Sangster

1981 - Shergar; Lester Piggott; Michael Stoute; HH Aga Khan IV

1985 - Law Society; Pat Eddery; Vincent O'Brien; Stavros Niarchos

1989 - Old Vic; Steve Cauthen; Henry Cecil; Sheikh Mohammed

1993 - Commander in Chief; Pat Eddery; Henry Cecil; Khalid Abdullah

1996 - Zagreb; Pat Shanahan; Dermot Weld; Allen Paulson

1997 - Desert King; Christy Roche; Aidan O'Brien; Michael Tabor

2000 - Sinndar; Johnny Murtagh; John Oxx; HH Aga Khan IV

2001 - Galileo; Michael Kinane; Aidan O'Brien; Magnier / Tabor

2002 - High Chaparral; Michael Kinane; Aidan O'Brien; Tabor / Magnier

2003 - Alamshar; Johnny Murtagh; John Oxx; Aga Khan IV

2004 - Grey Swallow; Pat Smullen; Dermot Weld; Rochelle Quinn

2005 - Hurricane Run; Kieren Fallon; André Fabre; Michael Tabor

2006 - Dylan Thomas; Kieren Fallon; Aidan O'Brien; Magnier / Tabor

2007 - Soldier of Fortune; Seamie Heffernan; Aidan O'Brien; Magnier / Tabor / Smith

2008 - Frozen Fire; Seamie Heffernan; Aidan O'Brien; Tabor / Smith / Magnier

2009 - Fame and Glory; Johnny Murtagh; Aidan O'Brien; Smith / Magnier / Tabor

2010 - Cape Blanco; Johnny Murtagh; Aidan O'Brien; Smith / Magnier / Tabor

2011 - Treasure Beach; Colm O'Donoghue; Aidan O'Brien; Smith / Magnier / Tabor

2012 - Camelot; Joseph O'Brien; Aidan O'Brien; Derrick Smith

2013 - Trading Leather; Kevin Manning; Jim Bolger; Mrs J S Bolger

2014 - Australia; Joseph O'Brien; Aidan O'Brien; Smith / Magnier / Tabor

2015 - Jack Hobbs; William Buick; John Gosden; Godolphin & Partners

2016 - Harzand; Pat Smullen; Dermot Weld; Aga Khan IV

2017 - Capri; Seamie Heffernan; Aidan O'Brien; Smith / Magnier / Tabor

The Curragh Plain


The Curragh is a flat open plain of almost 5,000 acres (over 20 km² or almost 8 square miles) in County Kildare, between Newbridge and Kildare Town. 

This area is well known for Irish horse breeding and training. The Irish National Stud is located on the edge of Kildare town

The Curragh Racecourse, usually abbreviated to The Curragh, is Ireland's most important Thoroughbred race track. 

The first recorded race on the plain took place in 1727 and the first Derby was held in 1866.

All 5 Irish classics are run at The Curragh, The Irish Derby, the Irish Oaks, the Irish St. Leger, the Irish 1,000 Guineas and the Irish 2,000 Guineas


*1 Furlong is 201.168 metres and there are 8 furlongs in a mile.

^Group 1 is the term used for the highest level of Thoroughbred races in many countries. In Europe weight-for-age conditions always apply and races may also be restricted to age groups or a stipulated sex.