This weekend the spotlight shone in Ireland, with the 2000 & 1000 Guineas set to thrill. After being turned over by Night Of Thunder at Newmarket, Kingman lined up in the 2,000 Guineas at Curragh to place his bid for the group one event. John Gosden walked the course some hours before the race & created speculation as to whether Kingman would run or not. Gosden deemed conditions suitable & the show was on. Punters didn't go easy on him, going off 4-5 favourite. O'Brien's War Command was set to challenge, & was arguably the leading hope for the Irish. Conditions were deemed unsuitable, adding to the colossal amount of non-runners on Saturday. Once the race was underway, Shifting Power & Hughes were the first to hit the front. Doyle rode Kingman patiently sitting in the middle of the pack. Approaching the final furlong Doyle got to work on Kingman who whole heartedly obliged to see off Shifting Power with ease.
On Sunday Magician & Nobel Mission both looked poised to take the grade one, gold cup at Curragh. Frankel's younger brother has come good for Lady Cecil, boasting good recent form seeing off the likes of Telescope last month. Likewise O'Brien's Magician looked a tough one to crack. The market didn't take long to reveal as Nobel Mission went joint favourite at even money. Nobel Mission quickly took a firm hold of the race & led throughout, Magician backers would have been holding out to see that closing power, but it never came in time. Magician & O'Brien mustered a challenge late on, but by the time the line came, Nobel Mission had made all to record Lady Cecil's first grade one win.