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Gleneagles has it down to tee for Irish 2,000 Guineas

By Richard Forristal

Published 23/05/2015

Curragh bound: Ryan Moore yesterday at Goodwood
Curragh bound: Ryan Moore yesterday at Goodwood

Gleneagles could become the shortest priced winner of the Irish 2,000 Guineas in modern times if he reproduces the superiority he showed at Newmarket.

Aidan O'Brien's exciting Galileo colt is as low as 1-3, far shorter than the 4/7 SP that both Barathea (1993) and Rock Of Gibraltar (2002) returned.

As Gleneagles attempts to become the eighth horse to complete the Classic double on the Curragh, he will be re-opposed by Richard Hannon's Newmarket third Ivawood, and it is 11-1 bar the two.

The €300,000 Tattersalls-sponsored mile feature has already been plundered nine times by O'Brien, but it is a Group One that exceptional rider Ryan Moore has yet to conquer.

O'Brien said: "We've been very happy with Gleneagles since Newmarket. All has gone well with him and while we haven't asked him to do a lot, what he has done he has done well.

"He's in very good form and we're looking forward to the race. It was always the plan to run him in the Irish Guineas once the ground wasn't very soft.

"They're calling it good to yielding and that should be fine although the more it dries out the more it will suit him," O'Brien added.

Intriguingly, a victory on Irish soil is something that Sole Power has yet to claim.

Eddie Lynam's decorated sprinter's only home wins came on the all-weather at Dundalk, so his first start here since 2011 in what is an absolutely fascinating edition of the Greenlands Stakes is a real treat.

In tomorrow's Irish 1,000 Guineas, Ulster jockey Martin Harley rides Malabar for Mick Channon.

Found is one of three runners for O'Brien. A 9-4 chance for the Curragh Classic, Found has also been added to the Investec Derby ante-post market at up to 12-1.

Kissed By Angels and Qualify complete O'Brien's trio, as the trainer attempts to follow up last year's win with Marvellous.

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