Spinning World on top
Sue Montgomery tips a French invader to triumph in today's Irish 2,000 Guineas
Sunday 26 May 1996
The 2,000 Guineas winner and runner-up have been kept under wraps since they were split by a whisker at Newmarket three weeks ago, but this afternoon Bijou D'Inde, a nostril behind them in that epic three-way finish, puts the first Classic's credentials on the line. The big chestnut, trained by Mark Johnston at Middleham, is one of six raiders from Britain. The home side have not scored since Prince Of Birds flew in eight years ago, and today have mustered only 3 of the 10 runners. The French have never won, but their candidate this time, Spinning World, will vie for favouritism with Bijou D'Inde.
Spinning World, trained by Jonathan Pease in Chantilly, was judged an unlucky three-quarter length runner-up to Ashkalani in his local Guineas two weeks ago when he could not have encountered worse traffic problems on the Place de l'Etoile. Soft ground, which is inclined to space out dodgems, may make things easier for his rider, Cash Asmussen, today.
Beauchamp King, nearly eight lengths behind Bijou D'Inde at Newmarket, and Tagula, a half-length third at Longchamp, take on their conquerors again, and the Godolphin big-race challenge comes from Russian Revival, who is making his seasonal debut and is the only one in the field still in the Derby. Russian Revival had smart juvenile form and will appreciate the step up to a mile, but probably not soft ground, a caveat which also applies to Phantom Quest.
Peter Chapple-Hyam, having won the last two runnings with Spectrum and Turtle Island, is aiming for a hat-trick with Musick House, a five-length winner of his maiden last time out. The race is something of a family affair, for his half-brother Rodrigo De Triano won four years ago, and in 1982 his sire, Sadler's Wells, gave his owner, Robert Sangster, the second of his five wins. Musick House has yet to play in today's sort of company.
The best of the defenders may prove to be Flame Of Athens, a half-brother to Salsabil and Marju, who will strip fitter after his seasonal debut.
The Newmarket and Long- champ Guineas have set up a fascinating comparison today, and it will be disappointing if the finish does not concern the two market leaders. Bijou D'Inde has not had the ideal build-up, being left footsore during the week after an over-enthusiastic pedicure by his blacksmith, but he is a gifted athlete, and if anyone can make him comfortable, his trainer - a vet - can.
Spinning World has had no problems: his connections are confident in his ability to handle the ground and his form was boosted when a previous victim, Luna Wells, won a Group One race a week ago.
The French colt with the English name can hold off the English colt with the French name - if that does not sound too Irish.
Today's big race at The Curragh
FIRST NATIONAL BUILDING SOCIETY 2,000 GUINEAS pounds 182,000 added 3YO 1mn
1 1111-5 BEAUCHAMP KING J Dunlop (GB) 9 0 M J Kinane 6
2 22115-3 BIJOU D'INDE M Johnston (GB) 9 0 J Weaver 7
3 1194-1 DEED OF LOVE (USA) J Bolger 9 0 K J Manning 2
4 31-6 FLAME OF ATHENS M Grassick 9 0 J P Murtagh 10
5 2-31 MUSICK HOUSE P Chapple-Hyam (GB) 9 0 B Thomson 1
6 41 PHANTOM QUEST H Cecil (GB) 9 0 Pat Eddery 5
7 3301-32 RAINBOW BLUES A P O'Brien 9 0 C Roche 4
8 124- RUSSIAN REVIVAL (USA) P Chapple-Hyam (GB) 9 0 L Dettori 8
9 11-32 SPINNING WORLD (USA) J Pease (Fr) 9 0 C Asmussen 3
10 4113-33 TAGULA I Balding (GB) 9 0 K P Darley 9
- 10 declared -
BETTING: 3-1 Spinning World, 4-1 Bijou D'Inde, 7-2 Beauchamp King, 6-1 Tagula, 7-1 Russian Revival, 8-1 Phantom Quest, 10-1 Deed Of Love, 12-1 Musick House, 25-1 Falme of Athens, 33-1 Rainbow Blues
1995: Spectrum 9 0 J Reid 100-30 (P Chapple-Hyam, GB) 9 ran
Latest in Sport
Luckless Abou Diaby full of confidence as he attempts yet another Arsenal comeback
Arturo Vidal: Midfielder must ask to join Manchester United, say Juventus
Scottie dogs in Commonwealth Games opening ceremony 'disrespectful to Muslims', say Malaysian politicians
Calum Chambers joins Arsenal: Gunners complete £16m transfer of right-back
Manchester United latest: Angel Di Maria move no closer as Juan Mata emerges as Louis van Gaal's favoured No 10 as prospect of signing
- 1 'Women should not laugh in public,' says Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister in morality speech
- 2 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 3 Is Ebola coming to Britain? UK health officials issue warning to doctors as outbreak fears grow
- 4 Richard Dawkins says 'date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse' on Twitter
- 5 Danish TV reporter is all business up top, all party down below
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
Were 'Poor Doors' added to mixed developments so wealthy residents don't have to go in alongside social housing tenants?
Competitive: The Green Recruitment Company: The Organisation: The Green Recrui...
£350 - £400 per annum + competitive: Orgtel: Project Manager (specializing in ...
£40000 - £50000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: Embedded Sof...
£50000 - £65000 per annum + Benefits: Progressive Recruitment: Working for a m...