Joseph O’Brien tastes glory as Latrobe wins the 11th Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby

The 11th Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby took place at the Curragh Racecourse, Co. Kildare on Saturday (30th June) amid glorious sunshine. The festival and day, which is sponsored by one of the world’s leading airport retailers, Dubai Duty Free was a great success, filled with fantastic racing, fashion and fun.

Brothers Joseph and Donnacha O’Brien combined for an historic Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby success when Latrobe came out on top of a terrific finish.  Joseph O’Brien, who won the race on Australia and Camelot as a jockey, was providing his younger brother with his first win in the race and in turn, they denied their father Aidan a 13th Irish Derby success with his contenders Rostropovich and Saxon Warrior a close up second and third. O’Brien was training the winner for Lloyd Williams, who had also teamed up with the young trainer to win the Melbourne Cup last November.

Meanwhile, Colm McLoughlin Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free together with his wife Breeda and Sinead El Sibai, Senior Vice President of Marketing of Dubai Duty Free hosted over 350 people for a VIP lunch in their private pavilion on the finish line.  Famous faces in their private suite included the UAE Ambassador to Ireland, H.E Sultan Mohamed Majed Al Ali, RTE’s Mary Kennedy, Anne Doyle, Celia Holman Lee, Annette Rocca, Jane Given, Gay Byrne, Kathleen Watkins and TV3’s Alan Hughes.

Since becoming the title sponsor of Ireland’s oldest horse race, Dubai Duty Free have consistently built on their sponsorship and have created a festival in the true sense of the word.  On and off the track activities in the early part of the week included a Best Dressed Window Competition for businesses in Kildare town and Newbridge and a golf classic and a charity ball at The K Club in aid of the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation. Over €60,000 was raised for the children’s charity at the ball.  All of these activities were also sponsored by Dubai Duty Free as well as the Best Dressed Lady Competition which also took place on Saturday and was won by Regina Horan from Malahide.  The fashion judges Breeda McLoughlin, wife of the Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free, Colm McLoughlin, together with her fellow judges Bairbre Power and Nina Carberry were impressed with Regina’s, light summer red dress by fashion label ‘ Self Portrait’,  her Miu Miu clutch and boater style hat.  She won a luxury trip to Dubai for two including flights and accommodation in the Jumeirah Creekside Hotel a €1,000 Dubai Duty Free shopping voucher and two nights at The K Club in Straffan, Co. Kildare.

Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice-Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free said; “This is our 11th year sponsoring the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby and we have seen it grow in terms of both its prestige and value over this time. It is great to be involved with a race of this calibre, and we were delighted to see the great progress that is happening at The Curragh. The redevelopment here is already very impressive and we are looking forward to seeing the final and finished facilities next year.”



For further press information please contact Aileen O’Brien, O’Brien PR

+ 353(0) 45 407017 or (086) 8403624

Or Sinead El Sibai, Senior Vice President Marketing Dubai Duty Free


About Dubai Duty Free

Founded on 20th December 1983, Dubai Duty Free recorded first-year sales of US$20 million and has grown into one of the biggest travel retail operator in the world with sales turnover of US$1.93 billion in 2017, representing a 5% increase on the previous year. Now employing 6,000 people, the operation has consistently raised the benchmark for airport retailing and it continues to grow.


It currently occupies over 38,000 sqm of retail space at Dubai International Airport and 2,500 sqm at Al Maktoum International, this will increase in line with the massive development plans of Dubai South which will ultimately cover some 80,000sqm of retail space. With 88.2 million passengers travelling through Dubai International last year, Dubai Duty Free continues to grow on a global scale. On average there are a massive 75,000 transactions recorded per day across Dubai International Airport and Al Maktoum International in Dubai South.


To date, Dubai Duty Free has received over 600 awards including the Frontier Award for ‘Airport Retailer of the Year in Single Location’, which was won by the operation in 2017 for the eighth time.

Also in 2017, Dubai Duty Free Executive Vice Chairman and CEO, Colm McLoughlin was presented with several awards including the “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the prestigious CEO Middle East Awards. In addition, he was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate of the University (DUniv) by the Middlesex University Dubai, for his contribution to UAE society and outstanding service to the aviation sector as a key player in the region’s retail sector for 34 years.