Today we are taking a look back at last year's Irish Derby from the Curragh with this year's renewal now just round the corner and set to be a cracker once more.
The 2021 renewal of the race was a special one for many reasons, with the main one being how strangely the race unfolded with Lone Eagle for Martyn Meade going for home a long way out and was only losing at the line when Hurricane Lane got up to spoil the party.
The Godolphin owned colt is a superb son of Frankel for Charlie Appleby who had a blistering three year old Campaign last term winning the Dante Stakes at York before finishing third in the Epsom Derby when losing a shoe.
He then put things right when getting up late in the day to land his first Group One in this race and he kicked on from there taking the Grand Prix De Paris at Longchamp and then up in trip winning the St Leger in breathtaking style.
His final run of last term came in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe finishing a valiant third behind the shock German winner Torquator Tasso.
Seen once this term he needed the run at Royal Ascot in the Hardwicke Stakes and should be primed for a big season off the back of his third.
A superb horse that put up a special performance to win the Irish Derby last year.