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Gleneagles wins Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas

May 23, 2015

Aidan O’Brien recorded a 10th victory in the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh on Saturday as Gleneagles became the eighth colt to complete the English and Irish 2,000 Guineas double when finishing strongly to deny the Ger Lyons trained Endless Drama by three-parts of a length in a thrilling renewal of Ireland’s opening Classic race.

Sent off the 2/5 favourite following his Newmarket success, favourite backers would have had a few heart-stopping moments as Gleneagles weaved his way through the field under Ryan Moore and when he got to the front inside the final furlong, the son of Galileo stayed on strongly all the way to the line to the delight of his winning trainer.

“The horse travelled well and quickened up well and Ryan (Moore) gave him a great ride,” O’Brien said afterwards.

“We knew a lot about this horse but one thing we didn’t know was how courageous he was because you don’t test them for that and you don’t know until you dip them but he was very courageous and has a big heart as well as everything else.”

Saturday’s Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas triumph was a remarkable 33rd Irish Classic for the current master of Ballydoyle who will now discuss future plans with the winning owners, Michael Tabor, John Magnier and Derrick Smith.

Reflecting on his latest triumph, O’Brien added; “The ground is as slow as Gleneagles would want it and it was borderline if he would run or not but the reality is that we are very lucky to have this racecourse. It is the fairest track in the world and the best horse usually wins around here and we are so lucky to have the straight track for this Guineas.

“He had a good bit to do at the interchange of the tracks and that is not an easy thing to do at the Curragh and he had to fight it out for three-furlongs and when he had to fight again inside the last furlong he did.

“I have always seen him as a miler and the original plan was to go to Newmarket, here, Royal Ascot and then Goodwood but the lads wanted to leave him in the Epsom Derby and as everybody knows that is a very important race so we will talk to Ryan (Moore) and the lads will decide where he goes next.

There were plenty of Royal Ascot pointers on the opening day of the Tattersalls Guineas Festival where the crowd was up significantly on last year with 6,188 going through the turnstiles.

Jim Bolger’s Round Two was described as one of the most straightforward horses he has ever trained after he impressively dropped down in trip from his Naas win and claimed the Cold Move EBF Marble Hill Stakes over five-furlongs.

“Nothing matters to him,” explained Bolger. “He is unbelievably straightforward and if you wouldn’t get excited by him you wouldn’t be alive.”

Dermot Weld completed a double on the card as Mustajeeb promoted himself as a leading candidate for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes when beating a high class field of sprinters in the Weatherbys Ireland Greenlands Stakes, while later on the card the four-year-old filly Brooch extended her unbeaten record to four in the Lanwades Stud Stakes and set up a possible tilt at the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes.

The opening race was won by the Ger Lyons trained Miss Katie Mae who improved her Naas debut to land the Killashee Maiden, while Johnny Murtagh teamed up with Richard Hughes to win the Hanlon Concrete Handicap with the well supported Duca Valentinois.

Proceedings drew to a close as Hasanour took the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Habitat Handicap for Michael Halford and Shane Foley.

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