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Joseph And Aidan O'Brien - Churchill Downs - 5/11/2011

Joseph and Aidan O'Brien have another Classic hope in Great White Eagle

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

Eagle gets Guineas quote after Great Naas debut

GREAT WHITE EAGLE is as short as 14-1 for next year's Qipco 2,000 Guineas after an impressive performance in a 6f juvenile race at Naas on Monday.

The son of Elusive Quality was bought for a European breeze-up record of 760,000gns earlier this year at the Tattersalls Craven sale and was sent off a 2-1 chance to make a winning debut for trainer Aidan O'Brien.

Four previous winners filled the places behind Great White Eagle, led by 11-10 favourite Gold Peregrine, who could only manage to get within two and three-quarter lengths of Joseph O'Brien's mount.

Afterwards, the trainer said: "We gave him a break after he came to us from the sales. We're delighted with him and with the way he travelled and quickened in the race.

"Joseph said he knew after going a furlong and a half that he had a lot of horse under him and that he had plenty of speed.

"He has plenty of entries but he might go next for the Group 3 Go And Go Round Tower Stakes over 6f at the Curragh (on September 1)."

Only two horses are available at shorter prices than Great White Eagle for next year's classic, including stablemate and Royal Ascot winner War Command,  who could run in the Group 1 Keeneland Phoenix Stakes on Sunday as well as John Gosden's Kingman.

Paddy Power, who installed the Monday winner as a 16-1 chance, said: "It was a very impressive performance, not quite as impressive as hacking up at Royal Ascot though, hence the difference in the price between him and War Command but we will see what happens over the rest of the summer."

 
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