Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes
Group 1, Curragh 16:15
€300,000 added,
2yo, 7f, Class 1
Sunday 14th September 2014

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1 Gleneagles 1/3F
2 Toscanini 7/1
3 Dutch Connection 9/2
5 ran Distances: 1½l, 1l, 2¾l
TIME 1m 25.29s (slow by 1.79s)

Gleneagles justifies odds of 1/3 with victory in the Group 1 Goffs Vincent O'Brien National Stakes.

© Caroline Norris

Gleneagles could be bound for the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket after enhancing his reputation with a clear-cut victory today at the Curragh.

Having already secured the Tyros Stakes at Leopardstown and the Futurity Stakes over this course and distance three weeks ago, Aidan O'Brien's Galileo colt was a warm order to strike at Group One level.

Settled last of the five runners as stable companion Toscanelli played the role of pacemaker, Gleneagles (1-3 favourite) had to be bustled up to take closer order in the straight, but Joseph O'Brien got the required response.

The youngster showed a smart change of gear to run to the lead and was driven out to claim victory by a length and a half, with Mick Halford's Toscanini best of the rest.

The winning trainer said: "He has plenty of speed and is probably a Guineas horse.

"He quickens very well, and could go for the Dewhurst."

Gleneagles went 14-1 from 16-1 for the Qipco 2000 Guineas with RaceBets. Ladbrokes quoted 14-1 about the Guineas and the Derby.

Trainers Quotes

Goffs Vincent O'Brien National Stakes (Group 1)
€300,000 added, 2yo only, 7f, Class 0
5 ran
Going: Good to Firm

Pos Dr Dist Horse Wgt Trainer
1st (5) Gleneagles (IRE) 1/3f
J P O'Brien
9-3 A P O'Brien
2nd (2) Toscanini (IRE) 7/1
S Foley
9-3 M Halford
3rd (1) 1 Dutch Connection 9/2
G Baker
9-3 C Hills
4th (4) Hall Of Fame (IRE) 16/1
K J Manning
9-3 J S Bolger
5th (3) Toscanelli (IRE) 50/1
J A Heffernan
9-3 A P O'Brien

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