Gleneagles overcame trouble in running to complete a Classic double in the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh.
Ryan Moore had to wait for a gap on the Newmarket Guineas hero, but he was never flustered and once in the clear the Aidan O’Brien-trained 2-5 favourite showed his class as he produced a tremendous turn of foot.
Richard Hannon’s Ivawood looked to have an easy time in front under Richard Hughes, but he was strongly pressed by Endless Drama before Gleneagles burst on the scene.
Gleneagles went on to score by three-quarters of a length from Endless Drama, with Ivawood occupying third place as he did at Newmarket. Belardo was fourth for trainer Roger Varian.
Moore said: “The ground is just slow enough for him and just blunted his pace a bit.
“He didn’t have a lot of room, but he had the gears and the class to go through. He put his head down and fought well at the end, he’s a very exciting colt.
“I felt I was on the best horse, and when you’re on the best horse invariably the gaps come.”
The Galileo colt was left in the Investec Derby at the latest forfeit stage, and O'Brien said: ``We've got another horse (Giovanni Canaletto) to run tomorrow and the decision will be made in the next week.
“He has always worked like a miler, he’s strong and quickens very well.
“He’s never had to show the kind of courage before that he showed today.
“The Curragh is a tough mile in that ground. It was very borderline that he ran.”