05/26/2007 12:00AM

Cockney Rebel wins Irish 2000 Guineas


Cockney Rebel completed his classic double at the Curragh on Saturday with a gritty score in the $537,000 Irish 2000 Guineas.

The 3-2 favorite, Cockney Rebel sat in third early under Olivier Peslier, closer to the pace than he had when he won the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket three weeks ago. He charged to the front at the quarter pole, then held off the determined bid of the 7-1 Creachadoir, who had been runner-up in the French 2000 Guineas.

Cockney Rebel prevailed by a length with 40-1 longshot He's a Decoy third, another length behind.

Another head back was the Aidan O'Brien-trained Duke of Marmalade, who had also been been fourth in the English Guineas. The winning time for the mile on good to firm ground was 1:36.10.

After becoming the first horse to land the English-Irish 2000 Guineas double since Rock of Gibraltar in 2002, Cockney Rebel was called by his Newmarket-based trainer, Geoff Huffer, "The most serious horse I've seen in my life."

Just how serious can be seen by the ambitious plans Huffer has for him. Next up will be the St. James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 19, followed by a step up to 1 5/16 miles for the Juddmonte International Stakes in August. A return to a mile for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes is intended as a prep for the Breeders' Cup Mile, a race that was won by his sire, Val Royal, in 2001.

The gallant Creachadoir, a son of Kings Best who has two Group 3 victories this season in addition to his two Guineas placings, will be given a rest by trainer Jim Bolger, who mentioned the Prix du Moulin de Longchamp on Sept. 9 as his next start.