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Eagle swoops for victory

Great White Eagle cemented his status as a potentially top-class juvenile with his second win from as many starts in a stylish display in the Go And Go Round Tower Stakes at the Curragh.

Aidan O'Brien's Naas debut winner was a 1-3 favourite as he stepped up to Group Three level and was always travelling strongly, positioned in behind rivals on the outside of the field.

Once in the clear, the youngster picked up nicely for Joseph O'Brien and was well on top as he passed the post two lengths to the good over Remember You, with Expedition third.

The winner is now 10-1 for next year's 2000 Guineas at Newmarket with Stan James, behind just Kingman and his own stablemate War Command.

O'Brien snr, who went on to a four-timer, said: "You would have to be delighted with that. It was a tough race and there was plenty of pace on. He was trapped out wide and had no choice but to go up the middle. It's a hard thing to do here, so you would have to be happy with him.

"He was drawn out there, there was pace on and it was tight. He kept him safe and it's always the right thing to do.

"He could step up anywhere now. It's a choice of the National Stakes or the Middle Park and all those types of races. What's good about this horse is he has great pace and travels very strongly.

"We didn't ask him to come forward from his last race, we just let him coast into this. Next time we'll ask him to come forward a bit. You couldn't see him getting any further than a mile as he travels very strongly."


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