Sir Harry Lewis, an American-bred 3-year-old, scored a three-quarter l
CURRAGH, Ireland (AP) _ Sir Harry Lewis, an American-bred 3-year-old, scored a three-quarter length victory Saturday in the $800,000-added Irish Derby, Europe’s richest race.
Giving trainer Barry Hills his first victory in the Irish classic, the Howard Kaskell-owned colt charged through the final furlong under John Reid to hold off Naheez for the decision.
Golden Isle, pacemaker for Entitled, went to the front at the start of the race.
But Sir Harry Lewis, fourth in the Epsom Derby last month, relished the soft ground in the 1 1/2 -mile turf race at The Curragh.
Sadjiyd, the 13-8 favorite ridden by Walter Swinburn, never got going well and dropped out of the race as he did in the Epsom Derby.
Entitled, ridden by American jockey Cash Asmussen and bidding to give trainer Vincent O’Brien his seventh Irish Derby victory, was third, just ahead of Vanvitelli, a 50-1 shot.
The start of the race was delayed for about an hour by a bomb scare. Grandstands were evacuated but no bomb was found.