Tomahawk Wins Guineas Prep as Irish Flat Season Opens

If Michael Tabor is looking to win the Two Thousand Guineas with Hold That Tiger, he may have to beat himself to do it. Tabor and Mrs. John Magnier's Tomahawk captured Sunday's 7-furlong Oak Lodge Sires Loughbrown Stakes at the Curragh.

British bookmakers immediately lowered the colt's odds for the Guineas to anywhere from 10-1 to 14-1 following his one-length score over Abunawwas, as the Irish flat season opened.

Tomahawk, a $2.5 million yearling purchase by Seattle Slew, finished seconed in last year's group I Middle Park and Dewhurst Stakes before finishing eighth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, just one week after the Dewhurst.

"We've had a few good ones beaten in this race so it was good to see Tomahawk win the way he did," trainer Aidan O'Brien said in the Racing Post. "He had a few grueling races last season and it probably was a mistake to take him to the Breeders' Cup so soon after the Dewhurst. He lost a lot of weight in America. He had an easy race today, which is what he needed.

"He has a lot of speed, so he'll have to be ridden to get a mile. He will probably go for the Guineas and it's possible he might run again before then. Mick (Kinane) was delighted with him. He dropped him in and let him go to sleep. They didn't go much of a pace but he picked it up well when Mick asked him."