Gleneagles at the double
A good horse always finds a way to win and that could be said of Aidan O’Brien’s tenth winner in the Irish 2000 Guineas as Gleneagles showed a rare turn off foot to get out of trouble and take the feature at the Curragh this afternoon under Ryan Moore.
Second place went to a well backed Endless Drama at 9/1 and third, confirming the form from Newmarket, Ivawood ran another solid race for Richard Hannon, under Richard Hughes at 11/2.
O’Brien praised his stable star for a tough performance. “I’m delighted with him. He travelled well and quickened well and Ryan gave him a great ride. He had to come when he came and he was courageous. He has a load of pace as he showed at Newmarket and might have laboured a bit on that ground. He has a big heart as well as everything else. We’re so lucky to have this track. It’s the fairest track in the world and the best horse usually wins. If they go a fair gallop you usually get the opportunities.”
“When I was going through the forfeits for the Derby I was crossing off all the horses and put a line through him but the boys said to leave him in. I’ve always thought he was a miler and we haven’t had a miler like him in a while but everyone knows how important the Derby and obviously if he went there that would forfeit Ascot.
Winning jockey Ryan Moore thought it was better than it might have looked. “That ground is just slow enough for him. He didn’t have a lot of room but he had the gears and the class to go through. He put his head down and he fought well at the end. He’s a very exciting colt. I felt I was on the best horse, and when you are invariably the gaps will come.”
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