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100th European Classic for O’Brien as Ryan Moore wins Irish Derby for first time

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Auguste Rodin gave Aidan O’Brien his 100th European Classic win at the Curragh on Sunday as he fended off stablemate Adelaide River in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby.

The Epsom Derby winner gave Ryan Moore his first success in the race as he came home a length and a half clear, with Covent Garden ensuring a clean sweep of the places for the Ballydoyle team in third.

However, the race was marred by a serious injury to San Antonio, another O’Brien runner, who broke down badly on the turn for home, giving Wayne Lordan a nasty fall.

Adelaide River set the pace under Seamie Heffernan with Moore happy to take a lead into the straight.

When he loomed upsides two furlongs from home it looked as if Auguste Rodin would go away and win impressively, but it was not until the final 100 yards that he eventually put the race to bed.

Auguste Rodin is the first horse since Harzand in 2016 to follow up victory at Epsom in the Irish equivalent.

Paddy Power reacted to the win by shortening Auguste Rodin’s odds into 9-4 favourite from 11-4 joint-favourite for the King George, leaving him unchanged at 6/1 favourite for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, while his odds of 6/1 for the Juddmonte International at York are also unchanged.

“It was hard to judge the pace with the wind and Ryan said it was all happening a bit too slow for him. He would be much better in a faster run race,” said O’Brien.

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