GUINEAS DAY TWO: One-two-three for delighted O’Brien
Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien made up for the bitter disappointment of Air Force Blue’s poor showing in the 2000 Guineas by landing a one-two-three in Sunday’s 1000 Guineas at Newmarket.
Minding headed stablemates Ballydoyle and Alice Springs as O’Brien’s trio made it a clean sweep of the places on Newmarket’s Rowley Mile.
The filly travelled strongly throughout and put her 15 rivals to the sword without jockey Ryan Moore even having to reach for top gear.
O’Brien said: “Obviously they are three very top-class fillies and I’m delighted with the result.
“We always thought this was a very good filly, but a lot of people who have put a lot of hard work into her — she’s something to really look forward to.”
The John Gosden-trained Nathra did the best of the home contingent, finishing fifth but more than six lengths behind the winner.
Elsewhere on the card, there were two wins a piece for both Ed Dunlop and Gosden.
Dunlop won the opening race of the second day with blinkers helping Oasis Fantasy back to form before Global Applause streaked clear to land the Hot Streak Future Stars Maiden Stakes later in the afternoon.
Oasis Fantasy was given an excellent ride by Silvestre De Sousa and delighted trainer Dunlop said: “On Saturday all the winning was on the pace.
“The only way to ride him in first-time blinkers was to be dropped out, so it was a fantastic ride by Silvestre.”
Gosden’s double came in the final two races.
Swiss Range gave the champion trainer his third successive victory in the Pretty Polly Stakes before Taqdeer wrapped up the two-day festival by coming from last to first in the Qatar Racing Handicap.
After being held up at the back by Frankie Dettori for the bulk of the nine-furlong contest, the filly showed an excellent turn of foot to leave her rivals in her wake.
Gosden said: “She was very keen early on, but she showed a great turn of foot when the cut-away came.
“She is a nice filly and did it well off no pace, and I like the way she quickened.”
* See Thursday’s Newmarket Journal for a full round-up from the two-day festival.