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Gleaneagles Wins Gr1 Irish 2,000 Guineas
At the Curragh in Ireland, former Coolmore shuttler and triple Gr1-winning champion European sire Galileo (Sadler's Wells-Urban Sea, by Miswaki) celebrated a Gr1 success when 3YO colt Gleneagles (Galileo-You'resothrilling, by Storm Cat) scored by 0.75-length for trainer Aidan O'Brien in the Gr1 Irish 2,000 Guineas (8 furlongs) for 3YOs, over fellow 3YO colts Endless Drama (Lope de Vega-Desert Drama, by Green Desert) & Ivawood (Zebedee-Keenes Royale, by Red Ransom). This was arguably Gleneagles best performance to date, as he had to extricate himself out of an awkward spot on the fence with a furlong to go and fight hard to hold off runner-up Endless Drama. The victory was his third at Gr1 level and took his record to 6 wins (including the Gr1 English 2,000 Guineas & Gr1 National Stakes) from 8 starts for £669,657 earnings. Winning trainer Aidan O'Brien said he would not rule out starting Gleaneagles in the Epsom Derby on 6 June, but suggested the star colt was better suited to a mile. "The lads wanted him left in the Derby, Giovanni Canaletto runs tomorrow and we will make up our mind in the next week or so," he told Racing Post. "He works like a miler but he showed something today he has never shown before and he had to fight for three furlongs. The ground was a bit slower than suited him but Ryan gave him a great ride." The beautifully bred Gleaneagles (who is out of a sister to Giant's Causeway) is now as short as 4-7 for next month's Gr1 St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot and is a general 3-1 chance for the Derby.