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Aidan O’Brien in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas when having Multiple Runners

3 May 2018

An interesting look back at the success rate of the Ballydoyle maestro when saddling a big team in the Newmarket Classic

Churchill and Ryan Moore win the Qipco 2000 Guineas Stakes from Barney Roy and Al Wukair. 6/5/2017 Pic Steve Davies/Racingfotos.com

2002: O’Brien ran a quartet, with the Johnny Murtagh-ridden Rock Of Gibraltar (9-1) holding off the late thrust of stablemate Hawk Wing (6-4 fav) to win by a neck. Both were making their season reappearances. Sholokhov (100-1) was in the race as a pacemaker for Hawk Wing and trailed home 18th, though did better than Tendulkar (16-1) who beat only two home in the 22-runner renewal.

2006: George Washington (6-4 favourite) won with ease under Kieren Fallon, with Horatio Nelson (6-1) and Frost Giant (50-1) eighth and thirteenth. 2007: Another three-pronged attack but this time Duke Of Marmalade (fourth at 14-1); Eagle Mountain (fifth at 14-1) and Yellowstone (eleventh at 50-1) failed to figure behind Cockney Rebel.

2010: St Nicholas Abbey, unbeaten in three starts as a two-year-old and winner of the Racing Post Trophy, was sent off Evens favourite but could only finish sixth. Fencing Master (14-1) was half a length behind him in seventh and Viscount Nelson (40-1) was eleventh.

2013: Cristoforo Colombo (10-1) finished fifth under Joseph O’Brien, with Mars (9-1) sixth and George Vancouver (20-1) tenth. Nothing in the race got close to Dawn Approach.

2017: Churchill (6-4 fav) justified favouritism under Ryan Moore, with Lancaster Bomber (14-1) a close fourth and Spirit Of Valour (33-1) fading to be eighth.