Gleneagles to face 10
Aidan O’Brien’s Gleneagles will face ten rivals as he bids to complete the 2,000 Guineas double at the Curragh on Sunday.
Currently a best priced. 2/5 favourite, the Ballydoyle inmate will be partnered once again by Ryan Moore and will be joined in the field by stable mates, Smugglers Cove (Seamie Heffernan) and The Warrior (Joesph O’Brien).
So impressive at Newmarket at the start of the month the Galileo colt will aim to emulate, Henrythenavigator, the last colt to land the 2,000 Guineas double back in 2008.
Richard Hannon heads a three pronged tilt at the race from the UK challengers with Ivawood (Richard Hughes), third in the English equivalent and Lexington Times (Fran Berry) declared this morning.
The other UK runner, Roger Varian’s Dewhurst winner, Belardo (James Doyle) will appreciate an ease in the ground and has been given the chance to prove doubters wrong after his below par attempt in the Greenham at Newbury.
Dermot Weld’s only success in this race came in 1986 courtesy of Flash Of Steel and he will rely on Tetrarch Stackes winner, Tombelaine (Pat Smullen) to give him his second success.
The Ger Lyons team have hit top form in the last two weeks saddling no fewer than 7 winners and they will be double handed in Saturday’s feature event. Endless Drama (Andrea Atzeni), a close second behind Tonbelaine last time out and Convergance (Colin Keane), most recently a Dundalk listed winner will both take their chances.
The eleven runner filed is completed by Pat Shanahan’s, Carbon Dating (Declan McDonogh) and Kevin Prendergast’s, Mohaayed (Chris Hayes).
The ground at the Curragh was described as ‘Good To Yielding’ on Thursday morning, with no rain on Wednesday and the forecast mostly dry until Sunday.
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