Gleneagles provided Aidan O’Brien with win number seven in the Classic
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Report: Newmarket, Saturday
Qipco 2,000 Guineas Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1) (Entire Colts and Fillies) 1m 3yo
AIDAN O’BRIEN continued his dominance of the Qipco 2,000 Guineas as Gleneagles provided the master of Ballydoyle with a magical seventh win in the race and a first for jockey Ryan Moore.
The son of Galileo had an impressive two-year-old season finishing first past the post in five of his six starts, the only blips coming in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp when the stewards demoted him to second for interference and when beaten into fourth on his debut last June.
Despite the addition of a false running rail and moving the stalls from the centre of the track to the stands’ rail, the field still split in to two groups, those in the centre led by Richard Hannon’s Kool Kompany, and Home Of The Brave leading the group on the rail that included Gleneagles.
As the race reached its crescendo, Moore made his move on the 4-1 favourite, bursting past his rivals and edging closer to the front.
When Gleneagles finally emerged from the pack it was all over as none of his 17 rivals could live with his blistering pace.
O’Brien said: “He’s a great traveller and has a lot of speed. He was always very good and quickens very well. Ryan said they couldn’t lead him and he ended up getting there early. The big thing about him is pace – he’s always shown it.”
Speaking about his seventh win in the race the trainer said: “I’m delighted, but a lot of people put in a lot of work along the line. It’s a massive team effort.”
Out on his own: Gleneagles strides to Classic success
PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Following the win Moore was full of admiration for the colt. “He’s a proper horse and handled the ground beautifully. He travelled like the winner the whole way,” he said.
“He’s very smart and one to look forward to for the remainder of the season. He’s very exciting at this stage. He’s very straight forward and I think he’s a miler as he travels so easily.”
Part-owner Michael Tabor added: “He seemed to win very easily and it was an exceptional performance.”
Paddy Power make the colt evens favourite to land next month’s St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot and as short as 1-2 for the Irish 2,000 Guineas.
Richard Hughes was delighted with Ivawood’s third and said: “He ran a blinder. He’d come on a huge amount and I think he’ll come on again.
“He was a very fast horse last year but he’s actually running quite lazily and if anything, having thought for a moment I might get swallowed up when we hit the rising ground, he’s run on again when I got stuck into him.”
The race was not without drama, Frankie Dettori riding another of Richard Hannon’s runners, Moheet, who finished eighth, picked up a three-day ban for careless riding.
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