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Tattersalls Record-Setter Off The Mark On Debut
The aptly named Great White Eagle (Elusive Quality-Gender Dance, by Miesque's Son) shortened dramatically for next year's 2,000 Guineas after his impressive debut win at Naas on Monday, reports racingpost.com. The 2YO colt set a European breeze-up record earlier this year when selling for 760,000 guineas at the Tattersalls Craven Sale in April to leviathan owners Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Susan Magnier. The son of Elusive Quality was sent out a dominant 2-1 favourite and never looked like meeting defeat, winning unextended by 2.75-lengths for trainer Aidan O'Brien. "We gave him a break after he came to us from the sales. We're delighted with him and with the way he travelled and quickened in the race," explained O'Brien post-race. "Joseph said he knew after going a furlong and a half that he had a lot of horse under him and that he had plenty of speed." Great White Eagle, who is a half-brother to the Gr2 Mill Reef Stakes-placed Quarrel (Maria's Mon), holds several big race entries including the Gr1 Middle Park Stakes & Gr1 Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on October 12.