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  • 15:45 Abu Dhabi Irish 2,000 Guineas 1m

  • (Group 1) €325,000 added 3yo 8 ran
  • Winner €188,500 2nd €61,750 3rd €29,251 4th €9,750
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 37.88s
  • Off time: 15:46:15

O'Brien team land Guineas

Family affair in Irish Classic

Last Updated: 21/05/11 6:53pm

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The O'Brien family celebrate a memorable victory

The O'Brien family celebrate a memorable victory

Joseph O'Brien rode his first Classic winner when Roderic O'Connor made all to land the Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh.

The apprentice gave the 7-2 winner, trained by his father, Aidan, a fantastic ride and his partner kept pulling out more as his rivals tried to overtake him.

Dubawi Gold, the 7-4 favourite, came from last place to take second, but the Newmarket 2000 Guineas runner-up could never quite get to the winner.

The O'Brien-trained Oracle (25-1) was third.

Derby option

Derrek Smith, part-owner of the winner, said: "The tactics were different today. We made a lot of use of him and it worked for us.

"It was fantastic for Aidan to see his son on a Classic winner.

"He gave him a great ride, he was there on merit and we're all over the moon about it.

"He has the English Derby and the French Derby as options, but I'm sure Aidan will work it out."

O'Brien jnr added: "He jumped smartly and travelled nicely.He's very genuine and stayed on to the line.

"The ground was very fast at Newmarket but he handled the track today very well.

"The stiff mile suited him well - I didn't see another horse all the way."

Father proud

Aidan O'Brien expressed pride at his son's sparkling performance in the saddle.

He said: "We're delighted with Joseph - he got the pace right.

"He gave him a lovely ride."

Of Roderic O'Connor, the Ballydoyle handler added: "The plan was either to go to Epsom or France, and he's a strong possible for either."

Sky Bet cut the winner to 20s from 25s for the Investec Derby.

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