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Just The Judge with owner Sheikh Fahad after winning the Eithad Airways Irish 1000 Guineas. Picture credit: Julien Behal/PA Wire.

Just The Judge with owner Sheikh Fahad after winning the Eithad Airways Irish 1000 Guineas. Picture credit: Julien Behal/PA Wire.

Just The Judge with owner Sheikh Fahad after winning the Eithad Airways Irish 1000 Guineas. Picture credit: Julien Behal/PA Wire.

FOR the second successive year, the Irish 1000 Guineas went for export as Just The Judge gave fledging trainer Charlie Hills won his first Classic win.

The Curragh was something of an afterthought for connections of the Lawman filly who was narrowly denied in the dying strides of the English equivalent at Newmarket earlier in the month. But she got her reward at HQ yesterday.

The Eddie Lynam-trained Viztoria was found to be coughing yesterday morning and was a notable non-runner. But few could deny Royal Ascot-bound Just The Judge this notable triumph.

She was unbeaten as a juvenile and returned to winning ways under Jamie Spencer to give owners Qatar Racing a significant success. Jim Bolger's Rehn's Nest came through late for second with Just Pretending third.

Hills, whose father Barry won this race with Nicer and Hula Angel in 1993 and 1999, said: "He (Barry) is having dinner at Nicky's (Henderson) today but I'm sure he'll have a tear in his eye.

Timing

"It's 26 days until the Coronation Stakes so that would seem like perfect timing and providing she is alright that would look the obvious race."

Of winning his first Classic, Hills said: "I suppose it is more relief at the moment, but I'm sure I'll wake up in the middle of the night thinking how great it feels."

Meanwhile, Aidan O'Brien who won Saturday's 2000 Guineas with Magician, yesterday said a run in Saturday's Epsom Derby for that colt remained a possibility.

O'Brien had deemed a quick turnaround unlikely immediately after the race but yesterday remarked on how happy he was that the horse came out of the colts' Classic.

"He pulled out fine this morning and he'll be left in the Derby in the morning," he said.

Magican was a convincing winner of the Dee Stakes at Chester over a mile and a quarter and surprised many by reverting back to a mile to win Saturday's 2,000 Guineas and is a best-priced 6/1 third-favourite for a unique double within a week.

O'Brien added: "We weren't sure coming back (to a mile) after a mile and a quarter but obviously they (Coolmore owners) made the right decision.

"Cristoforo Colombo just wasn't 100pc for here so I wouldn't have been able to make the decision but the boys made it themselves and it was obviously the right one.

"They went a strong gallop. From halfway he let him stride on and he said he went to the line really strong. He's a very exciting horse.

"He has a lot of options now. Obviously he could go to the St James's Palace Stakes. Next week (Epsom Derby) would come too quick for him, you'd imagine."


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