By Simon Jackson.
Gleaneagles won the QIPCO 2000 Guineas in emphatic style to provide Aidan O’Brien with his seventh winner of the race and Ryan Moore with his first at Newmarket on Saturday.
The winner was sent off the 4-1 favourite in the field of 18 runners and raced close to the pace on the stands side for the bulk of the journey before taking it up a furlong out and quickening well to score by two and a quarter lengths.
Gleneagles, a son of the 2001 Epsom Derby winner Galileo, is now likely to remain at a mile and has been put up at 1-2 for the Irish 2000 Guineas by bookmaker Paddy Power.
“We always thought he was going to be a top miler but he’s got a lot of speed and he could win at anything from six furlong upwards, but a mile is going to be his optimum trip and I think we’ll stick at that,” O’Brien said.
Moore, who won the 2013 Investec Derby on Ruler Of The World for O’Brien, has recently been confirmed as the first rider for Ballydoyle and said that Gleneagles was always travelling well.
“He felt great, travelled very comfortably and throughout the whole race there was never much doubt,” Moore said.
“There wasn’t anything in there fast enough to lead him. He never felt in trouble at any stage and I think there will be better to come from him.”
Gleneagles’ co-owner Michael Tabor added: “We always dream but that was a very impressive performance. The excitement of winning a race like this never diminishes, once you get addicted, that’s it.”
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