MUCH was made over a potential drawn and/or pace bias in the 2000 Guineas, and while there is a large element of disappointment at missing out on what might have been a great duel, few would suggest that the Aidan O’Brien-trained Magna Grecia wasn’t fully deserving of his victory in the colts’ classic.

Last year’s Vertem Futurity winner was helped by being towed along in a group of three near the rail by Free Handicap winner Shine So Bright.