Druk-My-Niet Stud’s resident sire Tiger Dance received an exciting boost to his pedigree on Saturday when the brilliant colt Gleneagles (whose dam is an own sister to Tiger Dance) captured the first British classic of 2015, the G1 Qipco 2000 Guineas.
Gleneagles, last year’s Cartier Champion Two-Year-Old Colt, justified favouritism in Saturday’s classic with an emphatic two and a quarter length win over French colt Territories, with Ivawood half a length back in third. It was a second G1 win for the colt, whose victories last year had include the G1 Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes. Gleneagles had also finished first past the post in the G1 Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (formerly Grand Criterium), but was disqualified and demoted to third.
After the race, winning trainer Aidan O’Brien was enthusiastic about his talented colt, saying “He’s always been a great traveller and has a lot of speed. He has always been very good and quickens very well.”
Gleneagles, who jumped the 4-1 favourite, is likely to be aimed at the Irish 2000 Guineas next, for which he has been quoted a short priced favourite. The son of Galileo has now won five of his seven outings and has earned over £550 000 – and is also surely one of the world’s most exciting stud prospects. Future goals for the well bred colt could also include the G1 St James Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.
A full brother to 2014 G1 Irish 1000 Guineas winner Marvellous, Gleneagles is out of G2 Cherry Hinton Stakes victress You’resothrilling – a full sister, not only to Tiger Dance, but also to former Horse Of The Year and multiple US Champion Sire Giant’s Causeway. The latter, who won five G1 races in a row, has since become one of the world’s premier stallions, and has more than 150 stakes winners to his credit.
A proven sire in South Africa, the regally Tiger Dance’s numerous stakes class performers include R800 000 plus earner Tribal Dance, a multiple graded stakes winner.