O’Brien has the Power and lands Guineas

The Aidan O’Brien trained Power lived up to his name as he came with a powerful late run to swoop late home to land the Abu Dhabi 2000 Guineas at the Curragh on Saturday afternoon.

Sent off at 5/1 the Jospeh O’Brien ridden son of Oasis Dream was buried at the back of the field in the early stages of the 1m classic as his stablemate Daddy Long Legs and Reply took the rest of the pack on at a decent pace.

O’Brien was content to give the leaders a lead and approaching the final two furlongs he set Power alight. It had looked for a fleeting moment that Daddy Long Legs had flown and would not be for catching.

However Power came with a withering, zig zagging run and motored home to catch Daddy Long Legs and Reply to give the Coolmore operation yet another classic win to go with their Newmarket Guineas double thanks to Camelot and Homecoming Queen.

Speaking after the race a delighted Aidan O’Brien said “He is a very, very solid horse. You had to forgive his first run at Newmarket. The ground was against him and it was also his first run of the season.

“Ryan Moore who rode him that day spoke to Joseph during the week and passed on some advice to him so it’s great that everything worked out so well. We are not sure of plans yet but you would have to look at a race like the St James Palace at Royal Ascot and races like that.”

Trumpet Major, the 9/4 favourite was never in contention and finished well down the field.


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