O'Brien on the mark again as Gustav battles back after trouble in running
Gustav Klimt landed another victory at Newmarket's July festival for the dominant Aidan O'Brien team after overcoming considerable trouble in running to win the Group 2 Superlative Stakes (1400m) under Ryan Moore.
The two-year-old son of Galileo, who came on considerably for his debut fifth to win at the Curragh at the start of the month, was unbalanced and lost his place at a crucial stage before being hampered by the fading Finniston Farm two furlongs out.
However, Moore switched him to the far-side running rail and he came home with a real flourish to deny the sweet-travelling Nebo by half a length.
Moore said: "He's a very good horse – I really liked him on both of his starts. The gap was there and he rolled and then he ran real green, probably because he'd never been tightened.
"It was a very good performance to get back up there, he's a really nice colt and has a lot of potential. He settles very well and has a really good turn of foot."
O'Brien, who already boasts the first two in the market for the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket next season in the shape of September and Clemmie, looks to have a serious contender for the boys' version as Gustav Klimt was put in as the 6-1 favourite for the contest by Paddy Power.
The winner is named after the Austrian symbolist painter whose works have sold for sums in the region of $40million and the Ballydoyle team will no doubt hope his equine namesake proves similarly profitable.