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This year’s QIPCO 2000 Guineas drew 19 runners – the biggest field since 2010 – and the runners split into different groups.
Those on the stand side ended up at an advantage – courtesy of Shine So Bright,m the eventual sixth, setting solid fractions – and those drawn low on the far side ended up fighting an unequal struggle.
The previously unbeaten Skardu, who had won the bet365 Craven Stakes the previous month, jumped from stall three and in the circumstances ran a cracker to be third, beaten an aggregate of about four lengths.
Trainer William Haggas said: “He has had a hard race today. He won his side. There’s nothing more to say.
“We are very proud of the way he ran. He stuck it out well and won his race. I feared the worst when he was drawn three, but the winner has bolted up. They were clear of them from a fair way out, so it was hard for the horse to battle, but battle he did, and he did very well. We are very pleased with him.”
On his next start, Skardu contested the Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas and again ran well to be fourth behind Phoenix Of Spain.
Skardu, by Shamardal out of a dam who showed fair form in seven starts at up to a mile, had won a maiden at Newmarket on his only start as a two-year-old but made quite an impression.
“The mile division looks strong, but if there is a dark horse that could ruffle a few feathers, I’m pretty sure it’s Skardu,” was the view of Graeme Smith, the British Horseracing Authority’s lead two-year-old handicapper, when the International Classifications were announced in January.
He added: “The market didn’t point to Skardu on his debut and he was sent off 33-1. He certainly knew an awful lot less than the third and fourth horses.
“Giving them a start in a race where they were quickening in the last two furlongs, not only did he make up the ground but he surged right past.”
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