Gleneagles (3c Galileo-You’resothrilling by Storm Cat) ran out one of the best Gr. 1 2,000 Guineas winners of recent seasons at Newmarket at the weekend, storming clear of his 17 rivals to land the British flat racing season’s first Classic race.
The long-time antepost Guineas favourite, Gleneagles headed to the Rowley Mile on the back of an excellent juvenile season in which he won the Gr. 1 National Stakes at the Curragh and finished first past the post in the Gr. 1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp.
Champion jockey Ryan Moore, winning his first 2,000 Guineas, always had Gleneagles well placed and the pair eventually finished two and a quarter lengths clear of Territories (Invincible Spirit) with Ivawood (Zebedee) in third position.
“Ryan said they couldn’t lead him and he ended up getting there early. The big thing about him is the pace he has always shown” said trainer Aidan O’Brien.
Moore was similarly enthusiastic about the son of Galileo. “He’s a proper horse, really smart and one to look forward to for the remainder of the season.”
Bookmakers subsequently quoted Gleneagles at a short price for the Gr. 1 Irish 2,000 Guineas and Gr. 1 St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.
Gleneagles is bred to be a top-class performer as a full brother to last season’s Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Marvellous (Galileo). Their dam You’resothrilling (Storm Cat), winner of the Gr. 2 Cherry Hinton Stakes at Newmarket as a juvenile, is a full sister to Giant’s Causeway (Storm Cat).
Galileo's second highest rated son (to Frankel) is Rip Van Winkle (TFR 134) shuttles from Coolmore, Ireland to Windsor Park Stud, Cambridge where he stands for a service fee of $16,000 + GST.