Gleneagles (orange) came between Ivawood (left) and Endless DramaPICTURE: Alain Barr (racingpost.com/photos)
Class sees Gleneagles complete Guineas double
Report: Curragh, Saturday
Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas (Group 1) 1m, 3yo entire colts and fillies
GLENEAGLES overcame all manner of in-running troubles as the 2-5 favourite proved himself a class above others of his generation in completing a famous Guineas double.
If the draw in stall two slightly forced Ryan Moore's hand, then Richard Hughes's decision to track across and set a solid gallop on Ivawood made up Moore's mind as he was forced to sit and suffer on the rail.
With four horses in front of him, four outside and two behind, Gleneagles looked to have no way of getting out as the field approached the final two furlongs, and with Hughes kicking off the front the race looked like being run around, and without, the Newmarket winner.
But such was the class of Gleneagles that not being able to get out, and giving first run to talented rivals, proved insignificant.
When Convergence drifted from the rail, he slipped through and went after the front two. Moore then threaded his way between Endless Drama and Ivawood for his mount to run out a three-quarter length winner by the line, with the margin a greater reflection of just how much the winner had to overcome rather than a diminishing superiority over his contemporaries.
An impressed Moore, who was winning his first Irish 2,000 Guineas having won his first Irish 1,000 Guineas last year on Marvellous who is a sister to Glenagles, labelled the winner "an exciting colt" and said: "The ground blunted his pace a little bit. He didn't have a lot of room but he put his head down and fought well at the end."
The winner was left in the Investec Derby earlier this week by connections and trainer Aidan O'Brien would not go as far as to rule out the Epsom Classic.
He said: "The lads wanted him left in the Derby, Giovanni Canaletto runs tomorrow and we will make up our mind in the next week or so. He works like a miler but he showed something today he has never shown before and he had to fight for three furlongs. The ground was a bit slower than suited him but Ryan gave him a great ride."
Bookmakers were more interested in cutting the winner for Royal Ascot's Group 1 mile contest for three-year-olds, the St James's Palace, with Paddy Power going 4-7 (from 4-5). The firm also went 3-1 with a run for the Derby.
O'Brien was winning the Irish 2,000 Guineas for the tenth time, with Gleneagles becoming just the eighth horse to complete the Guineas double, and the first since O'Brien's Henrythenavigator in 2008.
Endless Drama stayed on past 11-2 shot Ivawood to take second at 9-1.