Aidan O’Brien clinched victory in the first Classic of the season when 11/2 shot Magna Grecia seized the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket this afternoon.
<p>The Ballydoyle maestro’s son, Donnacha, raced home by two and a half lengths on a breezy after a fine run along the stands’ rail. O’Brien also saddled favourite Ten Sovereigns, who carried the shortest odds after <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/horse-racing/too-darn-hot-withdrawal-blows-2-000-guineas-wide-open/89867/" target="_blank" title="Too Darn Hot withdrawl">Too Darn Hot was withdrawn</a> due to injury. Ten Sovereigns could only finish fifth in the 2,000 Guineas, while 66/1 outsider King of Change was second and 8/1 chance Skardu finished third, but this race belonged to Magnia Grecia.</p><p>The colt won the Group 1 Vertem Futurity Trophy at Doncaster last year and he now has three wins and a runner-up finish from four starts. “He’s a lovely horse, he’s developed well over the winter and matured well,” said O’Brien. “He’s been a very solid horse all the time and we always knew last year this was a race he could start. “We couldn’t be happier with him. Donnacha had a lovely position and I’m thrilled for the lads. It’s a massive team effort.”</p><p>Magna Grecia is now the 6/1 joint favourite along with Too Darn Hot at <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&f=1" target="_blank" title="Bet365">Bet365</a> to win The Derby at Epsom later this year. The Derby is the second leg of the Triple Crown and it would be thrilling to see these two phenomenal three-year-olds go head-to-head. O’Brien said he will probably take Magna Grecia to the Irish 2,000 Guineas next. It takes place on May 25 at the Curragh and Magna Grecia has been installed as the 4/7 favourite with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356&f=1" target="_blank" title="Paddy Power">Paddy Power</a> to win it, while Too Darn Hot is out at 5/1.</p>