Sunday 23 October 2016

Double-chasing Gleneagles to face 10 rivals in Irish 2,000 Guineas

Aidan O'Brien will look to secure a tenth Irish 2,000 Guineas triumph on Saturday with Gleneagles bidding to join the list of horses who have completed the Newmarket/Curragh double.

An impressive winner of the English equivalent earlier in the month, Gleneagles is set to be a long odds-on favourite for Saturday's opening Irish Classic of the season following this morning's declarations.

Stable companions Smuggler's Cove and The Warrior have also been declared but the biggest danger to Gleneagles appears to be coming from across the water with confidence behind Richard Hannon's Ivawood, who needs to step up on his third place finish at Newmarket, and Roger Varian's Belardo who disappointed in the Greenham Stakes earlier this season but was a Group One winner last term when impressively taking the Dewhurst Stakes.

O'Brien first won the Irish 2,000 Guineas in 1997 with Desert King and Magician in 2013 was his most recent when giving himself and son Joseph three in a row.

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