Fort Knox: 20-1 (from 66s) with Paddy Power for the Qipco 2,000 GuineasPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Fort Knox enters Guineas equation with easy win
Report: Leopardstown, Sunday
Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial Stakes 1m, 3yo
FORT KNOX burst the Classic bubbles of favourite The United States, and Jim Bolger's Move To Strike, when coming from last to first to land the 2,000 Guineas Trial on Sunday.
Trained by Thomas Carmody and ridden by Johnny Murtagh, Fort Knox settled beautifully at the rear before coming through to register an easy 7-1 win from front-runner Dont Bother Me.
The victory earned the winner a quote of 20-1 (from 66s) with Paddy Power for the Qipco 2,000 Guineas.
The pre-race hype centred around the Aidan O'Brien-trained The United States, sent off the 7-4 favourite to maintain his unbeaten record. However, jockey Joseph O'Brien never looked happy on the son of Galileo, whose challenge in the home straight was short-lived.
Even more disappointing was Move To Strike, who never got competitive under Kevin Manning and was heavily eased once it became apparent he would not feature at the business end.
In contrast, Fort Knox moved past his rivals in the manner of a good horse on his first start for Carmody and looks worthy of a place in either the English or Irish Guineas.
Trained by Richard Hannon last year, Andrew Tinkler's Dubawi colt won a Newbury maiden last term and looks an exciting recruit.
Winning rider Murtagh said: "He jumped out alright and I took him back but he was further back than I wanted to be. Mud was being thrown in his face but in the straight he picked up well."
Credit also goes to Don't Bother Me, who made it a true test and dug in deep to finish runner-up. High Octane, a 16-1 shot, finished third.