Qipco 2000 Guineas Stakes (205th Running) (British Champions Series) (Group 1) 1m
- (3yo, 1m, Class 1, 13 runners)
- Winner £226,840 2nd £86,000 3rd £43,040 4th £21,440 5th £10,760 6th £5,400
- Going: Good to Firm
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 1m 35.84s
- Off time: 15:50:55
|1st||3 Dawn Approach||11/8f|
|2nd||7 Glory Awaits||5||150/1|
|3rd||13 Van Der Neer||2¼||20/1|
|3||126 9-0||B J Meehan||P Hanagan||92||150/1|
Cristoforo Colombo (USA) 203
|3||126 9-0 p1||A P O'Brien||J P O'Brien||112||10/1|
Dawn Approach (IRE) 203
|3||126 9-0||J S Bolger||K J Manning||124||11/8f|
Dont Bother Me (IRE) 20
|3||126 9-0||N Moran||Martin Harley||103||100/1|
|3||126 9-0||R A Fahey||T Hamilton||115||12/1|
George Vancouver (USA) 182
|3||126 9-0||A P O'Brien||C O'Donoghue||117||20/1|
Glory Awaits (IRE) 17
|3||126 9-0 b1||K A Ryan||J P Spencer||95||150/1|
Kyllachy Rise 14
|3||126 9-0||Sir H R A Cecil||T P Queally||50/1|
Leitir Mor (IRE) 14
|3||126 9-0 pt||J S Bolger||R P Whelan||115||50/1|
Mars (IRE) 292
|3||126 9-0||A P O'Brien||J A Heffernan||9/1|
Moohaajim (IRE) 14
|3||126 9-0||M Botti||A Kirby||116||20/1|
Toronado (IRE) 16
|3||126 9-0||R Hannon||R Hughes||121||11/4|
Van Der Neer 28
|3||126 9-0||R Hannon||W Buick||114||20/1|
||3||9-0||A P O'Brien||J P O'Brien||15/8|
There have been some shocks in this over the years but it's very difficult to imagine anything but the unbeaten pair DAWN APPROACH and Toronado being successful. Jim Bolger's colt has done everything right and has always looks as though this straight mile was made for him so the Dewhurst winner, who is reported to have been sparkling at home, is taken to come out on top. Toronado was a very impressive winner of the Craven Stakes and though that race rarely works out well in the first colt's classic, he could hardly have done any more and his trainer believes whatever beats him will win. George Vancouver was behind the selection and Leitir Mor in the Dewhurst but definitely improved at Santa Anita so it's a surprise to find Joseph O'Brien on board Cristoforo Colombo, beaten a length by the selection in the Coventry Stakes. O'Brien also runs Mars, the very easy winner of his only start at Dundalk last summer. Richard Fahey thinks the world of the Free Handicap winner Garswood, who will need massive improvement to get involved but could be capable of finding it.
Dawn Approach (IRE) 3-10fav (9-1) Bumped start, raced wide keen tracked leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, driven to lead inside final furlong, forged clear, impressive, won at Newmarket 7f 2yo Grp 1 (1) gs in Oct beating Leitir Mor (9-1) by 2 3/4l, 6 ran.
Glory Awaits (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, every chance over 2f out, outpaced final furlong, 3rd of 7, 10l behind Intello (8-13) at Newmarket 1m 1f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd in Apr.
Van Der Neer 2-5fav (9-0) Raced wide close up, plenty to do when ran wide bend into straight 2f out, ridden and ran on to lead well inside final furlong, eased near finish, won at Lingfield 1m Listed Stakes (3yo) (1) pol in Apr beating Luhaif (9-0) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Toronado (IRE) 8-11fav (9-1) Made all, quickened clear inside final furlong, stayed on strongly, won at Newmarket 1m 3yo Grp 3 (1) gf in Apr beating Havana Gold (8-12) by 4l, 4 ran.
Cristoforo Colombo (USA) 9-2 (8-12) Soon pushed along in rear, ridden over 2f out, ran on, not reached leaders, 4th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Reckless Abandon (8-12) at Newmarket 6f 2yo Grp 1 (1) gs in Oct.
Mars (IRE) 4-7fav (9-5) Made all, ridden clear final furlong, easily, won at Dundalk 7f 2yo mdn stks pol in Jul beating The Ferryman (9-5) by 5l, 11 ran.
Garswood 5-2fav (9-0) Held up towards rear, smooth headway from over 2f out, chased clear leader 1f out, quickened to lead well inside final furlong, soon in command, idled near finish, won at Newmarket 7f Listed Handicap (3yo) (1) gd in Apr beating Emell (8-8) by 2 1/4l, 10 ran.
Dont Bother Me (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Led, ridden 2f out, asserted over 1f out, headed final 100 yards, no extra and kept on same pace, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Fort Knox (9-3) at Leopardstown 1m 3yo lst stk (1) sft in Apr.
Leitir Mor (IRE) 9-2 (9-2) Prominent, 2nd halfway, ridden 2f out and no impression on winner 1f out, no extra inside final furlong and dropped to 6th closing stages, 6th of 9, 4l behind Maarek (10-0) at Naas 5f Listed stks (1) sft in Apr.
George Vancouver (USA) 9-1 (8-10) Bid btwn,led 1/8,clear, won at Santa Anita(USA) 1m 2yo Grp 1 (1) gd in Nov beating Noble Tune (8-10) by 1 1/4l, 15 ran.
Correspondent 14-1 (9-0) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd over 2f out, ridden and lost 2nd over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 4th of 5, 11l behind Olympic Glory (9-0) at Newbury 7f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gs in Apr.
Moohaajim (IRE) 13-8 (9-0) Held up last, closer order to track winner through in 3rd 2f out, going ok when switched left over 1f out, found little off the bridle and one pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 5, 1 3/4l behind Olympic Glory (9-0) at Newbury 7f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gs in Apr.
Kyllachy Rise 6-4fav (9-5) Chased leaders, led 3f out, ridden over 1f out, headed and not pace of winner inside final furlong, kept on well to hold 2nd, 2nd of 16, 1 1/2l behind Cape Peron (9-5) at Newbury 1m 3yo mdn (4) gs in Apr.