Gleneagles continues growing reputation
The progressive Gleneagles made it four wins from five starts with a first win at the highest level in the National Stakes. Aidan O’Brien’s son of Galileo had already recorded success in both the Tyros Stakes and Futurity Stakes this season and laid down a marker for next season’s classics with another quality performance in the seven furlong contest.
Joseph O’Brien had settled his charge at the rear of the five runners from the off and was still travelling strongly as the field began to kick for home. Gleneagles, a full brother to Irish 1000 Guineas winner Marvellous, showed a brilliant turn of foot to shoot to the head of affairs and went clear to score by 1 1/2 lengths.
Mick Halford’s Toscanini finished second under Shane Foley, with British raider Dutch Connection, who had been keen early, a further length back in third.
Aidan O’Brien, enjoying his ninth victory in the race said: “He has plenty of speed and is probably a Guineas horse. He quickens very well, and could go for the Dewhurst.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: PA Wire
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