Racing: George Washington quickens Classic march

Big John said, a few months ago as the menus were circulating, that big George, his talented young colt, would be a player in the 2,000 Guineas of next spring and events have proved since that his rarely dubious judgement has been most correct.

George Washington, the faster of the notable celebrities, justified long odds-on favouritism with an authoritative performance in the National Stakes at the Curragh yesterday.

The favourite for next year's 2,000 Guineas, trained by Aidan O'Brien, was sent off at 2-11 for the Group One contest and was settled towards the rear by Kieren Fallon in the early stages.

When asked to pick up just over a furlong out, the response was immediate and the son of Danehill swept through for a cosy two-length success from Golden Arrow.

George Washington's stablemate Amigoni set a blistering pace for the first half of the race, followed by Duff and Mick Channon's British raider, Hazeymm. For a moment at around the three-furlong marker it looked like Amigoni might cause an upset as he still seemed to be full of running, while Fallon started to ask George Washington a couple of questions. But the market leader picked up nicely, winning with a bit to spare and is now 3-1 (from 7-2) with Hills for the Guineas.

What was most meritorious about this success was the Oliver Goldsmith nature of victory. There was a pronounced stoop before the conquering. "This horse has got so much class, but he stumbled shortly after the start," Kieren Fallon, the winning jockey, said. "A horse came across us and he nearly pecked. He possibly has some of the kinks of his half-brother Grand-era, but they don't affect his performance. When he got there today he was just idling in front."

O'Brien added: "When he stumbled he had a lot of ground to make up. He got the seven furlongs no problem and it was very easy for him. It's just possible he might run again this season."

There is considerable fallout also from another contest at the Curragh, Saturday's Irish St Leger winner, from which Collier Hill will have a couple of days off before trainer Alan Swinbank starts to set the wheels in motion from his blue-collar Richmond stable for an assault on the Melbourne Cup in November.

The seven-year-old appears to have taken his victory in the Group One contest in his stride as he travelled back to his North Yorkshire base. "He's had a safe crossing back and he seems to have come out of the race well," Swinbank said.

"Hopefully the next stop will be Australia, as long as he's healthy. We will have a couple of quiet days and then look at getting quarantine and things sorted out."

A decision on whether Vinnie Roe bids to end his career by running in the same Antipodean contest is likely to be made at the end of the week. The seven-year-old was denied a fifth successive victory in the Irish Leger when third to Collier Hill after suffering a slight setback during his preparation for the Curragh Classic.

"He's come out of his race very well," Dermot Weld, the trainer, said. "He's perfectly sound in every way and we'll a decision about Melbourne at the end of the week. I feel the little hold-up I had two weeks previous with the haematoma, which meant he missed a few bits of work at the time, may just have told in the last 100 yards. That's my belief."

O'Brien is to wait at least a week before deciding plans for Yeats following his run in the Irish Leger. The four-year-old, winner of the Coronation Cup at Epsom in June, put behind him a poor display in France on his previous start when a staying-on fourth to Collier Hill.

"He's got a lot of options," O'Brien added yesterday. "Obviously there's the Melbourne Cup and the Canadian International. We'll see how he is in a week to 10 days' time before seeing where we go with him."

Richard Edmondson

Nap: Cape Royal (Leicester 3.05)

NB: King's Fantasy

(Folkestone 2.20)

News
Shoppers at Selfridges department store in central London
black friday
Arts and Entertainment
Joel Edgerton, John Turturro and Christian Bale in Exodus: Gods and Kings
filmDirector said film would 'never have been financed' with ethnic minority actors in key roles
Life and Style
View of champagne glasses at a beach bar set up along the Croisette during the 66th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes on May 17, 2013
food + drink(and for now, there's a clear winner)
News
people
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
Irradiated turkey and freeze dried mash potato will be on the menu this thanksgiving
video
News
Andy Murray with his girlfriend of nine years, Kim Sears who he has got engaged to
peopleWimbledon champion announces engagement to girlfriend Kim Sears
Arts and Entertainment
George Mpanga has been shortlisted for the Critics’ Choice prize
music
Arts and Entertainment
Roisin, James and Sanjay in the boardroom
tvReview: This week's failing project manager had to go
News
Ed Miliband visiting the Holocaust museum in Jerusalem. The Labour leader has spoken more openly of his heritage recently
newsAttacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But are the barbs more sinister?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

SThree: Associate Recruitment Consultant

£18000 - £23000 per annum + OTE: SThree: SThree are seeking Associate Recruitm...

SThree: Associate Recruitment Consultant

£18000 - £23000 per annum + OTE: SThree: SThree are seeking Associate Recruitm...

Citifocus Ltd: ACA - Financial Reporting

£Attractive Package: Citifocus Ltd: Chartered accountant (ACA or CPA), must be...

Langley James : Senior Infrastructure Engineer; VMWare, Windows; Disley; £40k

£40000 per annum + benefits: Langley James : Senior Infrastructure Engineer; V...

Day In a Page

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game
There's a Good Girl exhibition: How female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising

In pictures: There's a Good Girl exhibition

The new exhibition reveals how female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising
UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover - from advent calendars to doll's houses

UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover

It worked with cupcakes, doughnuts and macarons so no wonder someone decided to revamp the humble biscuit
Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

It's no surprise that the building game born in Sweden in 2009 and now played by millions, has imitators keen to construct their own mega money-spinner
The King's School is way ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology

Staying connected: The King's School

The school in Cambridgeshire is ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology. Richard Garner discovers how teachers and pupils stay connected
Christmas 2014: 23 best women's perfumes

Festively fragrant: the best women's perfumes

Give a loved one a luxe fragrance this year or treat yourself to a sensual pick-me-up
Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition

Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund

The Ox celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition
Billy Joe Saunders vs Chris Eubank Jnr: When two worlds collide

When two worlds collide

Traveller Billy Joe Saunders did not have a pampered public-school upbringing - unlike Saturday’s opponent Chris Eubank Jnr
Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Drifting and forgotten - turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Our partner charities help veterans on the brink – and get them back on their feet
Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

Putin’s far-right ambition

Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

Escape to Moominland

What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?