Horse Racing: WHO'S DONE NEWMARKET-CURRAGH DOUBLE? 3.45 IRISH 2,000 GUINEAS.
Two years before Mill Reef established himself as a star three-year-old, the great horse's rider Geoff Lewis enjoyed a fruitful Classic association with Right Tack. The best horse trained by John Sutcliffe, Right Tack had landed the Middle Park Stakes at two and proved himself even better at three, first by beating Tower Walk in the 2,000 Guineas and then by following up at the Curragh, where he proved too good for Hotfoot. A month later, he was at it again, getting up to beat Habitat in the last strides of the St James's Palace Stakes.
Don't Forget Me 1987
Don't Forget Me sparked carnival scenes on the Curragh after he became the second horse to complete the Guineas double. In more ways than one, what happened in Ireland was a repeat of what had happened at Newmarket. Again ridden by Willie Carson, the Richard Hannontrained colt again made all and, on a second consecutive occasion, embarrassed the much-vaunted Ajdal. He sparked jubilant scenes, with hundreds of his supporters thronging the winner's enclosure for a chorus of "Willie Carson we love you!"
However good Richard Hannon thought Don't Forget Me to be, he thought Tirol to be better and, three years after the former had done the double, Tirol did the same. Partnered at Newmarket by Mick Kinane, in Ireland he was ridden by Pat Eddery, who had been aboard when the colt won the Craven Stakes. Kicked on early in the straight, Tirol fought off all challengers and held off future Breeders' Cup Mile winner Royal Academy by a neck. For the runner-up, there would be great days to come, but not for Tirol, who never won again.
Rodrigo De Triano 1992
Just 14 days after Rodrigo De Triano gave Lester Piggott a 30th British Classic success, the same horse gave the same man his 16th Irish Classic win when disposing of the top-class Ezzoud. Top-flight triumphs followed for the pairing in the International and Champion Stakes, but it was in Ireland that the colt really impressed Piggott, according to Peter Chapple-Hyam. Quoted the day after the Curragh win, the trainer said: "Quietly, on the way back, Lester told me Rodrigo de Triano is as good a horse as he's ever ridden."
Rock Of Gibraltar 2002
'The Rock' had won three consecutive Group 1s before the Curragh and would win another three after - but none of his victories was achieved with the arrogance or ease that hallmarked his Irish 2,000 Guineas romp. Reunited with Mick Kinane - sidelined at Newmarket - Rock Of Gibraltar never came off the bridle to collect his second Classic. Leading home a one-two-three for Aidan O'Brien, he won by a length and a half but was value for much more - as he showed when adding to his haul again and again and again.
Rock Of Gibraltar: won with ease
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|Publication:||The Racing Post (London, England)|
|Date:||May 26, 2007|
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