Magician wins the Irish 2000 Guineas (Group 1)
(Image : RTE - Footage : Racing Post)
TATTERSALLS IRISH 2000 GUINEAS (Group 1)
The Curragh, Turf, 1609m
25 May 2013
Already successful eight times in the Group 1 Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas, trainer Aidan O’Brien produced the goods once again at the Curragh as Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Susan Magnier’sMagician (Ire) (Galileo) dominated the Classic and led home Gale Force Ten (GB) (Oasis Dream) for a stable one-two in the process.
Sent off the 10-3 second favorite, the winner of the 10-furlong Group 3 Dee Stakes at Chester traveled easily in third under jockey Joseph O’Brien and, after passing the long-time leader Trading Leather (Ire) (Teofilo) approaching the furlong pole, stretched clear to score by 3 1/2 lengths.
“He’s a very tough horse and tries very hard, stays well and handles fast ground,” said Joseph O’Brien. “He is improving every day and has loads of pace. I couldn’t say he wouldn’t get further than 10 furlongs either.”
Aidan O’Brien appeared to play down thoughts that he could run in the Derby afterwards. “We always thought he had a lot of class with the movement and the looks,” he offered. “You have to have a lot of speed for Chester, and he was sailing and traveling like a dream for the first half of the race. He’s very exciting. The lads are very tactically astute and will decide where he goes, but I’d imagine we might wait a bit with him. We’ll see how the horse is.”
John Magnier was on hand to run the rule over the performance. “He was impressive and is an improving horse,” he said. “Being by Galileo, he should stay further, and there are all kinds of options. We’ve done crazy things before, so we could run him at Epsom.”
Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News