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Tip Two Win provides ample proof that good things can come in small packages.
He is far from the biggest thoroughbred you will ever see, but he showed few have as much ability when beating all bar Saxon Warrior in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas.
The colt is among a string of 25 horses “including a few jumpers” trained by Roger Teal at his Hungerford base.
Few gave Tip Two Win much chance but David Probert’s mount, sent off at 50-1 after winning two valuable prizes in Doha over the winter, got to within a length and a half of the exciting winner.
Teal said afterwards: “I’m pinching myself. I was trying to watch it out the front (in the stands), but I didn’t bring my binoculars and I couldn’t see. All I could see was his white breast girth. When they came out of The Dip, I thought, ‘Oh my God, I’ve got a chance of winning the Guineas here!
“When they flashed me, I was about 50 yards from the line and I was standing with [ITV commentator] Matt Chapman. I asked him: ‘Was I second in the Guineas?’ and he just said, ‘I don’t know’.
”It is amazing. This is what we dreamed of since [he won a Group 2 contest] in Qatar. We knew we had a decent animal. He’s a 50-1 shot, but he’s only 50-1 because he’s trained by me. If he’d been trained by Mr. Gosden, he’d have been 5-1. It is just a proud moment for us.”
Royal Ascot may be on the cards for the son of Dark Angel.
Teal added: “We will look at the St James’s Palace Stakes and I guess we’ll take that on, or the Jersey Stakes. We will digest today and see what happens.
“It is amazing. I didn’t pitch him in here because we wanted a day out – we came here because we have a nice horse. I know the Doha form does not stack up, but this now proves it does. That was wonderful – what a little champion! He just never lets me down wherever I put him in. He’s always answered every question.
“I am just so proud of him. It is a big team effort and everyone at the yard has done such a fantastic job. They need to give themselves such a pat on the back. Getting a horse like him, I’m just blessed. We are in unknown territory and it feels good.
“I think Ascot is next. He loves fast ground. Thankfully the sun was with us today and the ground dried up. It is beautiful ground and I don’t think anyone can have any excuse with this ground. I’ve always said he has an amazing stride and he needs to use it on better ground.”
As a two-year-old, Tip Two Win progressed well and chased home Elarqam in the Group 3 Tattersalls Stakes at Newmarket in the autumn.
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