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Sent off a 3/1 shot under the trainer’s son Donnacha O’Brien – the jockey following his brother Joseph’s footsteps in claiming a Classic success as a teenager – last year’s Racing Post Trophy winner burst through with a couple of furlongs to go and stayed on to score by a length and a half.
Tip Two Win ran a massive race in second at 50/1, while the well-backed 5/2 favourite Masar could not build on the promise of his wide-margin Craven win and had to settle for third under William Buick.
It was a 300th Group One success for Aidan O’Brien, who was not on hand to see his son win the Guineas, with the trainer currently overseeing Mendelssohn’s preparations ahead of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
While he will be in Louisville to saddle Mendelssohn in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1), Aidan O’Brien will be triple-handed in his bid to add another QIPCO Two Thousand Guineas Stakes (G1) to his résumé at Newmarket May 5, with a field of 14 colts heading to post for the 210th running of the mile classic.
The trainer has tasted success in the race on eight previous occasions and taken out three of the past five editions. Gustav Klimt shot to the top of most bookmakers’ lists when making a winning return to action in the Ballylinch Stud Two Thousand Guineas Trial Stakes at seven furlongs at Leopardstown April 14. The son of Galileo had been off the track for 273 days prior to that run, having last been seen overcoming a troubled passage when scoring in the bet365 Superlative Stakes (G2) at Newmarket’s July course the previous summer.