23 May 2018

ANCIENT SPIRIT became a 55th individual Group winner by Irish National Stud stallion Invincible Spirit (IRE) when taking Monday’s Group 2 German 2,000 Guineas in fine style at Cologne. Racing keenly towards the back of the field, Filip Minarik allowed his mount to breeze to the front, and extended his advantage in the straight, beating British raider Fajjaj (IRE) by four and a half lengths. Harry Dunlop’s charge Fighting Irish (IRE) took third, completing a 1-2-3 for Irish stallions, for Dawn Approach (IRE) and Camelot, in that order.

The Jean-Pierre Carvalho-trained winner surprised many with his impressive performance, having placed once in two juvenile starts, before winning on his second three-year-old start at the end of April. Carvalho commented after the win, “We put the blinkers on him so he would be more concentrated on his job and that really worked out well. Filip Minarik also rode absolutely according to orders, either hide him or if there is no pace, do it yourself.”

ANCIENT SPIRIT is the fourth Stakes winner bred by the Invincible Spirit (IRE)- Galileo (IRE) cross, and is the first foal out of the winning mare Assisi. Invincible Spirit (IRE)’s fee remained at €120,000 this season.

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