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  • 15:45 Abu Dhabi Irish 2,000 Guineas 1m

  • (Group 1) €325,000 added 3yo 8 ran
  • Winner €188,500 2nd €61,750 3rd €29,251 4th €9,750
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 37.88s
  • Off time: 15:46:15

Full result

15:45 Curragh Result 21st May 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (3) Roderic O'Connor (IRE) 9-0 J P O'Brien A P O'Brien 3 7/2
Made all, ridden and kept on well final furlong opened 7/2 touched 4/1
2nd (1) ¾ Dubawi Gold 9-0 R Hughes R Hannon 3 7/4f
Restrained and held up towards rear, headway in 6th 2f out, ridden into 3rd 1f out, stayed on final furlong to 2nd close home, not reach winner opened 2/1 touched 2/1
3rd (8) ½ Oracle (IRE) 9-0 J A Heffernan A P O'Brien 3 25/1
Settled behind leaders, 5th halfway, headway into 3rd 2f out, ridden into 2nd 1 1/2f out, no impression leader final furlong, lost 2nd close home opened 25/1 touched 28/1
4th (7) High Ruler (USA) 9-0 C O'Donoghue A P O'Brien 3 40/1
Chased leader in 2nd and pushed along to go pace, ridden halfway, no extra in 3rd 1 1/2f out, 5th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong opened 33/1 touched 40/1
5th (2) hd Dunboyne Express (IRE) 9-0 D P McDonogh K Prendergast 3 3/1
Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden 1 1/2f out, no extra over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong opened 11/4 touched 3/1
6th (6) Zabarajad (IRE) 9-0 Johnny Murtagh J M Oxx 3 4/1
Held up behind leaders, 6th halfway, ridden and no impression 1 1/2f out, kept on one pace opened 9/2 touched 9/2
7th (5) ¾ Slim Shadey 9-0 L Morris J S Moore 3 16/1
Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden in 5th 2f out, soon no extra opened 20/1 touched 20/1
8th (4) 24 Foolproof (IRE) 9-0 D M Grant J J Murphy 3 200/1
Always towards rear, ridden and weakened 3f out opened 150/1 touched 200/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £5.40 Tote Place: £1.90,1.02,6.30
Straight Forecast: £10.18 Exacta: £14.10


RODERIC O'CONNOR was never a factor in the English 2000 when connections blamed the fast ground and was a different proposition here. Joseph O'Brien gave the son of Galileo a fine front-running ride, dictating matters and always looking likely to hold the runner-up's late charge. Connections are now considering a Derby tilt for their colt with the French version seemingly more likely given the ten-furlong trip and his liking for ease in the ground. Dubawi Gold emerges with plenty of credit having been set plenty to do, much to Richard Hannon's frustration. He seemed to settle well for Richard Hughes but had six lengths to make up on the leader with three furlongs to run. He had to be switched round a couple of rivals over two furlongs out before finally coming with his run which carried him to within three-quarters of a length of the winner at the line. He's now been placed in two Classics and, ridden with more restraint, has taken a giant leap forward for his new trainer this term. That said there's a certain Frankel standing in his way in the St James's Palace Stakes and the Prix Jean Prat, a race won by stablemate Dick Turpin last year, could be his route to Group One glory. Oracle was raised to 102 following his reappearance behind Zabarajad and probably improved on that again, racing prominently throughout and comprehensively reversing form with John Oxx's charge who never landed a blow from off the pace. Dunboyne Express was a major disappointment, folding tamely after travelling strongly for a long way. It's back to the drawing board with him with this run doing nothing for his Investec Derby prospects although he does look to want further. Slim Shadey seemed to run above himself when fourth in the English 2000 and dropped right out here having been ridden along three furlongs out. That said he finished a similar distance behind Dubawi Gold as he had at Newmarket - although Roderic O'Connor was 27 lengths behind him last month.