Trainer Jessica Harrington is confident that her horse Grandee can make a name for himself at the upcoming Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby. The 3-year-old has impressed so far in 2017, winning Leopardstown’s King George V Cup earlier this month.
Jessica Harrington is currently enjoying something of a golden period. With wins at the Cheltenham Festival, Punchestown and the Irish Grand National, the Moone-based trainer is now looking ahead to this weekend’s Irish Derby where her horse Grandee will face-off against the likes of Wings of Eagles and Cracksman.
Harrington said of Grandee’s recent victories: “He stayed on really well at Leopardstown. It’s a very big step up for Saturday, but he’s been in good form and he’s improved with each run this year,”
adding: “It’s great to have a horse that’s even good enough to run in the Irish Derby.
“If he could run into a place I’d be delighted with him.”
Aidan O’Brien trained Wings of Eagles is currently favourite for the Derby; however, Jon Godsen’s Cracksman is also hotly tipped for success, despite jockey Frankie Dettori missing the event due to injury.