Exciting weekend at the Curragh

Doubles and Trebles and all sorts of excitements and the Guiness would have been flowing very fast!

NATIVE TRAIL winning the Irish 2,000 Guineas.
NATIVE TRAIL winning the Irish 2,000 Guineas. Picture: Pat Healy Photography

It was a modest start on Saturday when Blackbeard won the Marble Hill Stakes like a good favourite should and may be headed for Ascot now.

Bit more excitement when Brad The Brief beat home Mooneista and A Case of You in the Greenlands G2 for the start of a double for William Buick.

The second part came in the next race, the Irish 2000 Guineas, when Native Trail won easily beating 40/1 shot New Energy and 28/1 pop Imperial Fighter to give trainer Charlie Appleny a rare treble of the English, French and Irish 2000 Guineas races.  Wexford Native our roughie ran 4th and should stay in the little black book.

Sunday saw a thrilling edition of the Tattersall's Gold Cup when the William Haggas trained Alenquer emerged from the pack and under Tom Marquand flew at the finish line denying High Definition 16/1 and State of Rest.  It was Marquand's first group win in Ireland and Haggas was to saddle a double when Majoom won the German 2000 Guineas.

Pearls Galore won the Landwades G2 mile and then Homeless Songs stormed home to win the 1000 Guineas by 5 ½ lengths over Tuesday, the 11/4 favourite and her stablemate Concert Hall 8/1.
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