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Sunday, July 2, 2000

Sinndar Wins Irish Derby

Sinndar was the decisive winner of the Irish classic, the Group One Budweiser Irish Derby, at the Curragh this afternoon after his stable companion Raypour made a good pace, with French Derby winner Holding Court failing to dominate before fading out of contention to be sixth.

King's Best, the Sagitta 2,000 Guineas who was reluctant to go in the stalls today, was pulled up before half-way by Pat Eddery and was clearly very lame.

Sinndar, the winner of the Vodafone Derby, did the Derby double in real style for trainer John Oxx and jockey John Murtagh.He won by nine lengths from the Aidan O'Brien-trained pair Glyndebourne and Ciro,. The 11/10 chance, compared to Holding Court's 9/4, gave owner/breeder the Aga Khan his fourth Epsom and Irish Derby double.

Kinane Misses Irish Derby

Michael Kinane missed the ride on Ciro in today's Budweiser Irish Derby through injury.

He suffered a back injury when riding at the Curragh on Saturday .

George Duffield took the the ride on the Aidan O'Brien-trained Ciro and finished third

Duffield won the Group One Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster last year on Aristotle for O'Brien.

Royston Loses Race

Royston French was going to score and easy victory on Happy Diamond in the L J Monks Handicap (3.35pm) at Doncaster today but he eased down some way before the line, the horse stopped quicker than he thought, and Mcgillycuddy Reeks, ridden by Kim Tinkler, got up close home.

French immediately admitted his mistake but aggrieved punters who had backed the 8-1 chance were not happy. The jockey was suspended for 14 days.


Doncaster - Good after a morning downpour

The Curragh - Good after a dry night but rain from 2.30pm led to it being changed to yielding

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