Magician gives Aidan O’Brien ninth victory

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Magician gave Aidan O’Brien his ninth victory in the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh.

Sent off at 100-30 and ridden by the trainer’s son, Joseph, the colt followed a strong pace set firstly by Ask Dad, and then by the Jim Bolger representative Trading Leather, who still looked in control with a couple of furlongs remaining.

O’Brien junior never panicked and Magician powered clear to end up a convincing winner, with Gale Force Ten completing a Ballydoyle one-two.

There were numerous disappointments, with Ask Dad’s stablemate Fort Knox, ridden and trained by Johnny Murtagh, never looking likely to give the jockey the perfect start to his spell as a licence-holder.

Neither was Richard Hannon’s 5-2 favourite Van Der Neer ever in any form of contention.