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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Desert King Takes Irish 2,000 Guineas

THE CURRAGH, Ireland -- Irish horse trainer Aidan O'Brien completed a remarkable weekend here when his 3-to-1 chance Desert King won the Irish 2,000 Guineas to add to his 1,000 Guineas win Saturday with Classic Park.


Desert King, ridden Sunday by veteran Christy Roche, took the lead off Romanov with a 1 1/2 furlongs to go, and strode away to record Ireland's first win in the classic since 1988.


He eased home three lengths clear of 33-to-1 chance Verglas, followed by Romanov in third at 11 to 1.


The winner dealt a serious blow to the chances of Revoque -- who like Desert King is owned by former bookmaker Michael Tabor -- in the Blue Riband event for which he had been second favorite behind English 2,000-guineas winner Entrepreneur.


Although Revoque came to challenge for the lead with two furlongs to the post, jockey John Reid found he had little to offer once Desert King seized the lead, and Revoque faded tamely away to finish in fifth.