A midweek evening meeting is not usually the place to find a Derby winner, but tonight at Leopardstown the globetrotting Treasure Beach steps out on home turf for the first time since taking Ireland's premier Classic last year.
The Aidan O'Brien trained four-year-old, who was beaten at Epsom in the last stride of the Derby by Pour Moi before winning at the Curragh, has since plied his trade at the top level in the US – where he won the Arlington Million in Chicago – plus France, Canada, Dubai and Hong Kong. He takes a drop in class tonight in the Group Three Ballyroan Stakes, where his chief rivals are Bible Belt, fourth to So You Think in the Tattersalls Gold Cup on her sole outing this term, and the three-year-old Light Heavy, third to Camelot in this year's Irish Derby.
The French 10-furlong star Cirrus des Aigles, winner of the Champion Stakes last year and the Dubai Sheema Classic this, will not recover from leg injury in time to face Frankel in York's Juddmonte International this month. "He is working again now and I have no doubt he'll be as good as ever," said his trainer, Corine Barande-Barbe, "but he won't be ready for York."
Richard Hughes rode a treble at Brighton to draw level with Ryan Moore on 90 winners at the top of the Flat jockeys' table.
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