Dubai: Camelot, arguably the best three-year-old in business at the moment, won the fifth Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh Racecourse on Saturday to hand trainer Aidan O’Brien his 10th Irish Derby win.
Braving heavy conditions, jockey Joseph O’Brien rode Camelot in first past the winning post. O’Brien has now won all five Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby’s.
Colm McLoughlin, executive vice-chairman of DDF, together with George Horan, President, Salah Tahlak, Senior Vice President – Corporate Communications, Sinead El Sibai, Vice President-Marketing, hosted over 320 people in their private pavilion, situated just beside the winning post. Speaking on the occasion, McLoughlin said: “We are delighted to be back here at the Curragh, the sponsorship of the Irish Derby is very important for us and is very much in line with our global strategy of high profile sports sponsorships.”
Some of the famous faces in the DDF’s Irish Derby Pavilion included Khalid Lootah, the UAE Ambassador to Ireland, Minister Lucinda Creighton and rugby players Gordan Darcy, Peter Stringer and Bernard Jackman. The Heineken Cup was also on display and guests were invited to have their photograph taken with the cup.
Caoilinn Taylor McGlade from Rathfarnham in Dublin was announced the 2012 Dubai Duty Free Most Stylish Lady in association with Boodles at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby. Caoilinn was chosen from almost 200 entrants by judges Breeda McLoughlin, wife of Colm McLoughlin, Irish and international fashion designer Paul Costelloe, Melanie Morris, Editor at IMAGE Magazine and James Amos from Boodles.
Ronan Keating played live in concert after racing and entertained the crowd which totalled 22,311 people.