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  • Classical Display From Magician

Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas (Group 1) 1m

  • (3yo, 1m, Class 1, 10 runners)
  • Winner €173,999 2nd €56,999 3rd €27,000 4th €9,000 5th €6,000 6th €3,000
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 1m 36.81s
  • Off time: 15:20:27
  • Last Updated: May 25 2013, 16:15 BST

Aidan O'Brien's Magician routed his rivals with an imperious display in the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh.

Magician: An impressive winner of the 2000 Guineas
Magician: An impressive winner of the 2000 Guineas

Dante Stakes second Trading Leather set out to make this a searching gallop on his drop back to a mile but the winner could be called a long way from home.

Joseph O'Brien was sitting motionless aboard the 100/30 chance - who himself was dropping back in trip after winning the Dee Stakes - with fully two furlongs to run.

The young jockey didn't have to get too serious with his mount who quickened impressively and kept on well to score comfortably from stablemate Gale Force Ten with Trading Leather holding on for third as very few got involved.

O'Brien junior, winning his third Irish 2,000, said: "He's a very, very tough horse and tries very hard. He stays well, he handles fast ground, he relaxes. He's a horse that is improving every day.

"We went a nice gallop, I was always very happy throughout the whole race. I was able to dictate things my own way.

"After passing the three (furlong marker) I was very, very happy. I thought it would take a really, really good one to come and get me. He galloped all the way to the line.

"He has loads of pace. I think the key to him is fast ground. He settles very well and he has a great attitude - I couldn't say he wouldn't get further than 10 furlongs, either."

Coolmore supremo John Magnier told At The Races: "He did it well you have to say, he was impressive. This is an improving horse and being by Galileo he should stay further.

"We'll discuss it (plans), but all there are all kinds of options. We could go the St James's Palace route, and we've done crazy things before - we could run him at Epsom or go for the Eclipse. I'm saying that (Epsom) tongue in cheek, but we could.

"We'll savour the moment and not get carried away."

O'Brien senior, who was winning this race for a ninth time, said: "We weren't sure coming back (to a mile) after a mile and a quarter but obviously they (Coolmore owners) made the right decision.

"Cristoforo Colombo just wasn't 100% for here so I wouldn't have been able to make the decision but the boys made it themselves and it was obviously the right one.

"Joseph said he felt really good. They went a strong gallop, from halfway he let him stride on and he said he went to the line really strong. He's a very exciting horse.

"He's very straightforward at home. He's very calm but also very sharp and he can go from being very calm to being very sharp, very quick and usually that's in the good horses, he has that.

"He's by Galileo which makes him extra special and when he has that kind of speed and looks like that, he's very exciting. He's so straightforward, Joseph could have made the running or dropped him in, he's uncomplicated and that's a great sign of a horse.

"Everyone knows he won a mile and a quarter very well at Chester and to get a strong mile like that, you have to stay a mile and a quarter, especially here at the Curragh.

"He travelled up there and was closest to the pace, travelling easier than anything.

"He's a very solid horse and exciting. He's a beautiful horse, lovely head, big ears and a great behind on him - he's built like a real miler but he stays further than a mile.

"He has a lot of options now. Obviously he could go to the St. James's Palace Stakes. Next week (Epsom Derby) would come too quick for him, you'd imagine."


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