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Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial Stakes (Listed) 1m

  • (3yo, 1m, Class 1, 10 runners)
  • Winner €26,000 2nd €7,600 3rd €3,600 4th €1,200
  • Going: Soft to Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Winning time: 1m 44.88s
  • Off time: 15:11:23
  • Last Updated: March 30 2014, 15:48 BST

The formidable Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen combination completed a double at Leopardstown as 7-1 shot Go For Goal made his race fitness count to spring a minor upset in the Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial.

Go For Goal shows his rivals a clean pair of heels
Go For Goal shows his rivals a clean pair of heels

While each of his rivals were making their first appearance of the season, Go For Goal was turning out just a week after filling the runner-up spot in the Madrid Handicap on the opening day of the season at the Curragh.

Smullen was happy to let Go For Goal race at the head of affairs from the outset, with Racing Post Trophy fifth Buonarroti and dual winner Shining Emerald his closest pursuers at the top of the straight.

The latter emerged as the only serious threat as they raced inside the final furlong, but Go For Goal was always doing enough and passed the post three-quarters of a length to the good.

Ebanoran ran with plenty of promise in third, but the previously unbeaten 11-8 favourite Indian Maharaja was bitterly disappointing.

Weld said: "He ran a good race at the Curragh last week, he handles the ground and is a very fit horse.

"It was a very enterprising ride from the jockey, as was the plan.

"We'll see how he comes out of it, give him a bit of time and see where we go with him.

"Today was the ideal race for him on the score of fitness.

"He's effective on that ground, but he's a light bodied horse and has a good action, so I wouldn't be surprised if he handled better ground as well.

"He's game, he battles and he tries hard."


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