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It was a case of so close, so far for Cliffs Of Moher in the 2017 Investec Derby
When Ryan Moore swept him to the front inside the final furlong it seemed certain the Galileo colt would win (on Betfair he traded 1-8 in-running) but then his stablemate, Wings Of Eagles, overhauled him in the final strides. The winning margin was three quarters of a length.
Given Cliffs Of Moher was having only his fourth start in the 18-runner field, it was still a tremendous effort.
Aidan O’Brien suggested afterwards there would be plenty more to come from him, possibly over a bit shorter.
“We were just slightly worried that he was a bit of a baby and he just tired in the last 50 yards,” he said.
Cliffs Of Moher had won the 1m2f Dee Stakes on his return in 2017, at Chester, having impressed when losing his maiden tag on his second start at Leopardstown late in 2016.
Since that near-miss at Epsom, Cliffs Of Moher has struggled to hit the heights.
The son of Galileo contested the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown on his next start and was sent off the 2-1 favourite. However, he could finish only a keeping-on fourth to Ulysses after suffering interference in the early stages.
He filled the same position, again behind Ulysses, next time in the Juddmonte International, before finishing sixth in the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.
In the QIPCO Champions Stakes at Ascot in October he could finish no closer than seventh and he signed off the year by finishing eighth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Del Mar.
He has been kept busy in 2018 and got back to winning way in a Group 2 contest at Naas In May.
However, two appearances at Royal Ascot both ended in defeat and a second stab at the Coral-Eclipse ended with him going one place better than 12 months before.
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