• 15:20 Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas 1m

  • Winner €173,999 2nd €56,999 3rd €27,000 4th €9,000
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 1m 36.81s
  • Off time: 15:20:27
15:20 Curragh Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Magician (IRE) 10/3
2nd Gale Force Ten 7/1
3rd Trading Leather (IRE) 6/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (6) 26121-0 Royal blue & red chevrons, red & white striped sleeves, red & white quartered cap Ask Dad 10
3 9-0 J P Murtagh N G McCullagh 96 66/167.00
2 (4) 3114- Emerald green, red chevron, red cap, emerald green diamond First Cornerstone (IRE) 210
Course Winner
3 9-0 A Oliver C D Hayes 111 25/126.00
3 (10) 127-9 Dark Blue Flying The Flag (IRE) 13
3 9-0 A P O'Brien C O'Donoghue 109 12/113.00
4 (2) 71-1 MAROON, white sleeves, maroon cap, white star Fort Knox 41
Distance Winner
3 9-0 J P Murtagh Johnny Murtagh 107 10/111.00
5 (9) 2463-14 Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves, royal blue cap Gale Force Ten 13
Course Winner
3 9-0 p A P O'Brien J A Heffernan 115 7/18.00
6 (8) 12631-0 Pink George Vancouver (USA) 21
Distance Winner
3 9-0 A P O'Brien P J Smullen 115 10/111.00
7 (7) U112-25 White, red cross sashes, red stars on sleeves, white cap, yellow star Havana Gold 13
Distance Winner
3 9-0 R Hannon J P Spencer 112 7/18.00
8 (3) 9217-1 ROYAL BLUE, orange disc, striped sleeves & cap Magician (IRE) 15
Course and Distance Winner
3 9-0 A P O'Brien J P O'Brien 110 10/34.33
9 (1) 2115-2 WHITE, purple panel, check cap Trading Leather (IRE) 9
Distance Winner
3 9-0 J S Bolger K J Manning 109 6/17.00
10 (5) 112-13 WHITE, red sash, striped cap Van Der Neer 21
Distance Winner
3 9-0 R Hannon R Hughes 114 5/23.50


No Irish trainer apart from Aidan O'Brien, who has eight victories to his credit, has won this in the past 25 years and he has four representatives this time. Joseph has chosen MAGICIAN, who surprisingly steps down in trip after his impressive victory in Chester's Dee Stakes. That race was run at a slow pace and the son of Galileo showed a fine turn of foot in the straight so today's trip should hold no fears. He looks the one to be on with George Vancouver probably the pick of the remaining Ballydoyle trio and the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner can put a moderate effort in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket behind him. Jim Bolger has never won this and Trading Leather, beaten by shock winner Libertarian in the Dante at York, doesn't look quite up to putting matters right. Richard Hannon scored with Canford Cliffs in 2010 and the 2000 Guineas third Van Der Neer represents him here along with Group 3 winner Havana Gold. The former is bred for pace and did well to stay on at Newmarket so has to be on the short-list. Amazingly, Johnny Murtagh has his first ever runners as a trainer in this classic and Fort Knox is no forlorn hope to give him a dream start having looked a really smart performer when landing a Listed race at Leopardstown. He's a full-brother to the classy Dubawi Gold and looks certain to make his presence felt.