Power Surge Lands Guineas
Power Surge Lands Guineas
Sporting Life


Power finished strongly to 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.

Power is owned by the Coolmore team and John Magnier said: “The ground makes a big difference to him. He didn’t have to have fast ground last year, but he’d been working well since we got good ground and he just got stuck in the mud at Newmarket.

“It looked like Daddy Long Legs would win but I think Power has to be ridden to come late, I think that’s something they have learnt about him.”

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.

“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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