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The Irish Derby – Níos mó ná Rása


The Irish Derby – Níos Mó Ná Rása captures the
essence of the race from its humble beginnings
in 1866 to becoming a top international event

The Irish Derby – Níos mó ná Rása

Set against the backdrop of relevant historical events in Ireland “THE IRISH DERBY – Níos Mó Ná Rása” (More Than a Race) captures the essence of one of Ireland’s greatest sporting traditions, the Irish Derby, from its humble beginnings in 1866 to becoming a top international race and attracting some of the leading racehorse owners in the world. With unique access to the Curragh racecourse, training yards, stud farms and rare archive footage this fascinating one – hour bilingual documentary merges its colourful and inspirational past with its exciting future, through the new multi-million-euro redevelopment.

The programme explores the big turning points in the history of this iconic race including the great Orby, the first horse to win both the Epsom and the Irish Derby in 1907 and Joe McGrath’s influence in the revitalisation of the race in 1962, when it became the richest race in the world. It also showcases other giants of the turf that came and conquered such as Galileo, Nijinsky, Shergar, Windsor Slipper and some not as fortunate like Sir Ivor in 1968 but that defeat proved ‘an ill wind can blow some good’.

Revealing accounts come from trainers Aidan O’ Brien, Charles O’ Brien, Dermot Weld, Jim Bolger, John Gosden, John Oxx, Joseph O’ Brien and Michael Stoute, jockeys Frankie Dettori and Seamie Heffernan, former jockeys Lester Piggott, Michael Kinane and Pat Smullen and John Magnier – Coolmore Stud to name but a few.
There are also significant sound bites from Vincent O’ Brien.


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