Gleneagles completes 2,000 Guineas double at the Curragh

Gleneagles produced a strong finish to complete a notable double
Gleneagles produced a strong finish to complete a notable double

Gleneagles became the eighth horse in history to win the English and Irish 2,000 Guineas with a late charge to take victory at The Curragh.

The 2-5 favourite, ridden by Ryan Moore, came home ahead of Endless Drama (9/1), with Ivawood (11/2), who led for much of the race, third.

Gleneagles gave trainer Aidan O'Brien his 10th success in the first Irish classic of the season.

O'Brien has now completed the Newmarket and Curragh double on three occasions.

"The slow ground today was not his ground, whereas it was at Newmarket," said winning owner John Magnier after the race.

"You have to pinch yourself when you get a horse like this," he added.

Moore had to wait for a gap on the Newmarket Guineas hero, but he was never flustered and once in the clear showed his class as he produced a tremendous turn of foot.

BBC racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght
Considering the trouble he had in running, a very good success this by Gleneagles, and another fine ride by Ryan Moore to manoeuvre the colt into a winning position when things looked unpromising.
The colt, a son of the Derby winner Galileo, remains in the Epsom Classic - over a half-mile further - and having the reserves to do what he did here bodes well for any Derby challenge.
But the feeling seems to be he'll quite likely wait for Royal Ascot's mile-championship race, the St James's Palace Stakes instead.

Richard Hannon's Ivawood looked to have an easy time in front under Richard Hughes, but he was strongly pressed by Endless Drama before Gleneagles burst into the picture.

Gleneagles went on to score by three-quarters of a length from Endless Drama, with Ivawood occupying third place as he did at Newmarket. Belardo was fourth for trainer Roger Varian.

"The ground is just slow enough for him and just blunted his pace a bit," confirmed Moore.

"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 fought well at the end, he's a very exciting colt.

"I felt I was on the best horse, and when you're on the best horse invariably the gaps come."

At Haydock, Pearl Secret (10-1) ridden by George Baker won the Temple Stakes for trainer David Barron and owners Qatar Racing.

BBC racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght
George Baker is famously the flat's tallest jockey (6ft), and he's also long on racing brains.
So while many of their rivals were getting in each other's way on the 'favoured' rail, Baker and Pearl Secret were, as they say, 'keeping it simple'.
Drawn quite wide in the stalls, they stayed in that part of the field, kept out of trouble and, as much as winning by a neck can be comfortable, beat Jack Dexter quite comfortably, improving on second place last year. Good ride.

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