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

  • (Group 1) €300,000 added 3yo 10 ran
  • Winner €174,000 2nd €57,000 3rd €27,000 4th €9,000
  • Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 39.04s
  • Off time: 15:17:14

Power surges home

British raider runs huge race in second

Last Updated: 26/05/12 4:22pm

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Power: Won Irish 2000 Guineas having looked in trouble during the race

Power: Won Irish 2000 Guineas having looked in trouble during the race

Power finished strongly to snatch a seemingly unlikely win the Abu Dhabi Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh for Aidan and Joseph O'Brien.

A bitter disappointment in the English equivalent at Newmarket on his reappearance, the son of Oasis Dream looked in trouble here as stablemates Daddy Long Legs and Wrote set a fierce early pace and threatened not to come back to the field.

It was inside the distance that the former finally cried enough and the 5-1 winner went to the front to win from Bryan Smart's Foxtrot Romeo (33-1) who ran a huge race in second.

Reply (25-1) was third for the Ballydoyle team.

Richard Hannon's Trumpet Major was sent off the 9-4 favourite but never looked dangerous, while Sea The Stars half-brother Born To Sea ran on to make good late headway behind the principals.

Rider Thrilled

The winning rider said: "They went a very good gallop and my horse was nice and relaxed. I was creeping away down the rail and I had plenty of cover. I didn't want to get to the front too soon and the lads were a long way in front.

"I wasn't sure if I was going to get to them but in fairness, he quickened up very well when I needed him.

"Daddy Long Legs is a confirmed front runner, he loves making the running and he stays very well. He was always handy in Dubai and he made the running when he won in Newmarket last year.

"He went a nice pace and Wrote is an uncomplicated horse and I just wanted to take my time on my fella and when I knew there was going to be a nice gallop on, I didn't mind doing that.

"He stuck to it to the line. It is a big advantage to have a look through the form and see where the pace is coming from.

"I have to thank Ryan Moore, he rode the horse at Newmarket and in fairness, he said he felt like a good horse for the first part of the race and he just didn't come down the hill on the ground.

"He said that he thought this fella was the one so a big thanks to him. He's a classy horse and he has plenty of speed."

The victorious handler was thrilled to add to his wins in the English 1000 and 2000 Guineas earlier this month.

Moore Key

"I'm delighted, what can I say. I'm privileged and delighted," said O'Brien senior.

"We were very happy with Power last year. At Newmarket it was his first run of the year on very soft ground and Ryan rang during the week and just said 'he felt like a serious horse during the first half of the race but then he lost in the second half of the race' and we put that down to maybe needing the run and the soft ground.

"Ryan was anxious that Joseph would ride him (from the other Ballydoyle runners) and how right he was. I'm delighted it worked out so well."

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