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Sunday, May 28, 2000


GUINEAS DOUBLE


The Clive Brittain-trained 16/1 chance Crimplene completed a Guineas double by winning the Entenmann's Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh today.


The three-year-old who had already taken the German 1,000 Guineas,,ran on well to a one-and-a-half length success over the Aidan O'Brien-trained Amethyst with the Kevin Prendergast Storm Dream in third and the Mick Channon-trained Seazun fourth.


Brittain said: "This should have been three Guineas. This filly would never have been beaten in Italy if they hadn't given her a hiding going into the stalls.


"I would have liked to have run her in the Newmarket Guineas but it was on the same day as the German - I know she's a good traveller but even that was beyond her!"

Meiosis, the Godolphin hope, started favourite but faded to finish ninth.


EASY MONTJEU VICTORY


Earlier in the afternoon, also at the Curragh, Montjeu easily won the Group One Tattersalls Gold Cup on his seasonal debut at 1/3 but not before giving his supporters a scare.


Jockey Michael Kinane went the narrowest of gaps between Greek Dance and Mutafaweq in the final furlong to win by one and a half lengths, after looking boxed in.


Winning trainer John Hammond had instructed Kinane to come late on the colt.


Kinane said: "John told me to ride and wait with him and he went as soon as we spotted the gap. He has awsome power."

Hammond, going next for the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud and then the King George and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, said: "The horse likes a bit of cover and if he had been beaten today it would not be Mick's fault," he said.


The stewards looked into Kinane's riding but took no action.


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