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O'Brien Classic Contenders To Step Out At Curragh
English 2000 Guineas favourite Gleneagles (Galileo-You'resothrilling, by Storm Cat) will step out at the Curragh on Sunday after Aidan O'Brien confirmed the exciting colt will be part of a Ballydoyle contingent working after racing, reports Sky Sports. The son of Galileo won four of his six starts as a 2YO, including the Gr1 National Stakes. He was also first past the post in the Gr1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp but was subsequently disqualified for causing interference. Gleneagles, who was named Cartier 2YO colt last season, has been heavily supported for the season's first Classic at Newmarket and O'Brien is delighted with his condition. "Everything seems fine with him so far. He's a Galileo with a lot of speed and he doesn't do much once he gets to the front, which is coming through from his pedigree as a lot of them were like that," O'Brien said during a stable tour with At The Races. "He would have had no problem winning over six furlongs last year if we'd asked him too and he has more than enough pace for a Guineas. You'd imagine he'll get a mile and a quarter, but you couldn't be sure he'll get much further than that." He added, "He'll go for a spin at the Curragh on Sunday and we'll sit down and make a plan for him after that." O'Brien also revealed that impressive Gr2 Vintage Stakes winner Highland Reel "could go straight to the Guineas." Highland Reel is by Galileo out of the Gr1-placed Australian mare Hveger (Danehill), a full-sister to multiple Gr1 winner Elvstroem and a half-sister to fellow multiple Gr1 scorer Haradasun from Australian Oaks heroine Circles Of Gold. O'Brien said that Ol' Man River, who is by Montjeu out of top-class racemare Finsceal Beo, was another who was doing everything right so far. "He's always been a very mature horse that shows plenty of pace in his work and while we haven't made any decisions yet, he could go the Guineas route," he said. "He's a bit like Camelot in that he's much pacier than the vast majority of the Montjeu's we've had, which is making us think about the Guineas. We'll bring him to the Curragh on Sunday and make our plans after that."