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Magician: as short as 5-1 for the Derby after his Irish 2,000 Guineas romp

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Marvellous Magician storms to Guineas win

Report: Curragh, Saturday

Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas
(Group 1) 1m, 3yo

AIDAN O'BRIEN worked his magic for a ninth time in the Irish 2,000 Guineas as Dee Stakes winner Magician dropped back in trip to annihilate his nine opponents under Joseph O'Brien.

Having won the recognised Derby trial at Chester over a mile and a quarter on his previous start, connections of the winner will have been delighted to have seen eventual third Trading Leather, trained by Jim Bolger, tearing off in front.

The manic pace appeared to suit Magician, who was quickly into stride and travelling majestically in third, one place behind Ask Dad.
The likes of Van Der Neer and Fort Knox were settled much further back in the field and failed to get into the race as the action unfolded up-front.

Joseph O'Brien angled 10-3 chance Magician off the rail with over two furlongs to run and quickly ranged up to Treading Leather.

From that point there was only going to be one winner as Magician went clear of his rivals in spectacular fashion, recording a three and a half length verdict over stablemate Gale Force Ten, who stayed on strongly to snatch second from Trading Leather.

Much of the post-race chat regarded a potential tilt at next week's Investec Derby for which Ladbrokes slashed his odds to 5-1 joint second-favourite from 14-1 and part-owner John Magnier did not rule out the possibility of running at Epsom in seven days time.

Magnier said: "He was impressive. This is an improving horse and being by Galileo he should stay further. We've done crazy things before so we could run him at Epsom.

"I'm saying it tongue-in-cheek but we could. We'll savour the moment and not get carried away."

Less enthusiastic about the Derby was O'Brien, who said: "I'd imagine it would come too soon after what he did today but we will see how the horse is and what the lads think - the lads will make the decision themselves. He is an exciting horse, he is not slow.

"He's got plenty of options including the St James's Palace Stakes."



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