Qipco 1000 Guineas
Group 1, Newmarket 15:40
£410,000 added,
3yo only,
1m, Class 1
Sunday 8th May 2016

Oct 09 Aidan O'Brien's Minding claimed her second Group One prize of the season with a brilliant display in the Dubai Fillies' Mile at Newmarket on October 9.

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The daughter of Galileo caused something of an upset when getting the better of stable companion Ballydoyle in the Moyglare Stud Stakes, form well advertised in Paris as Ballydoyle went one better in the Prix Marcel Boussac at Longchamp.

With Ryan Moore on her back, Minding was the 5-4 favourite for her Rowley Mile assignment and was always travelling well towards the stands side.

Once asked to extend, the response was hugely impressive as the daughter of Galileo found an extra gear to power through the line four and a half lengths clear.

The previously unbeaten Nathra filled the runner-up spot, with Hawksmoor just denying O'Brien's second string Coolmore for third place.

Moore said: "She's a truly exceptional filly, she travelled so easily the whole way. As soon as I pulled her out, she was gone.

"She has an unbelievable mind and went down to the start so well, she has plenty of pace, she can stay at a mile but I'm sure with her temperament it will allow her to stay further.

"I couldn't have been more impressed by her."

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Jan 06 Connections of leading contender Lumiere are convinced she will see out the mile trip in the opening fillies' Classic.

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Although the daughter of Shamardal, who is the general 8-1 third-favourite for the Group One contest at Newmarket on May 1, is yet to race beyond six furlongs, Charlie Johnston, son and assistant to trainer Mark Johnston, feels the additional two furlongs should pose no problems.

After posting a decisive debut victory at the town's July Course, the three-year-old met with defeat in the Lowther Stakes at York on her second start, before finishing the campaign with a game success in the Cheveley Park Stakes on the Rowley Mile.

He said: "Lumiere is great. Mum (Deirdre Johnston) has been riding her out every day at home. She had four to six weeks off after the Cheveley Park, then she has just been walking and trotting up until Christmas.

" It's not for me to say plans for the horse as that will be decided nearer the time by dad, John Ferguson and Sheikh Mohammed.

"They will decide whether she goes straight to the Guineas or has a prep race. Both our other two Guineas winners went straight there and I would have no fears in doing that. I think she will stay the mile."

Aug 08 Brian Meehan believes Blue Bayou has the potential to be a 1000 Guineas horse after calling her as good a filly as he has trained.

Blue Bayou confirmed the promise of her previous run when justifying expectations to win the Group 3 Sweet Solera Stakes over seven furlongs at Newmarket.

Blue Bayou
Blue Bayou

Prior to that win, she had finished a close-up third behind Illuminate in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes over six furlongs at Newmarket's July Festival.

Illuminate had previously won at Royal Ascot and the second Besharah has subsequently won a Group 3 race at the Berkshire track.

Given it was just Blue Bayou's second racecourse start and she wasn't particularly fancied but it was an excellent effort to be beaten only a nose and a short head.

Stepped up in trip in the Sweet Solera, Blue Bayou travelled well at the back of the pack before being brought down the outside by Dane O'Neill to pull away from the front-running pair of Fireglow and Marenko in the closing stages.

Blue Bayou is now likely to take a step back up in class and she holds numerous entries over the next couple of months.

Staying at seven furlongs, or going up to a mile, seems more likely rather than dropping back down to six furlongs for the Cheveley Park Stakes.

Meehan is delighted with Blue Bayou's progress and feels the daughter of Bahamian Bounty has the potential to be a Classic candidate next spring.

He said: "She's in the Rockfel Stakes and the Moyglare Stakes and she will get a mile. She's a class performer and has the right temperament. There's more to come from her, she has the potential to be a Guineas filly."

Qipco 1000 Guineas Stakes 2015
(British Champions Series) (Group 1)
£410,000 added, 3yo only, 1m, Class 1
13 ran
Going: Good to Firm, Firm in places

Pos Draw Dist Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (13) Legatissimo (IRE) 13/2 R L Moore
D Wachman 3
2nd (11) ¾ Lucida (IRE) 9/2f K J Manning
J S Bolger 3
3rd (2) Tiggy Wiggy (IRE) 9/1 R Hughes
R Hannon 3
4th (7) Malabar 11/1 M Harley
M R Channon 3
5th (3) ½ Fadhayyil (IRE) 7/1 P Hanagan
B W Hills 3
6th (6) 1 Irish Rookie (IRE) 20/1 D Sweeney
M Meade 3
7th (9) 3 Osaila (IRE) 15/2 L Dettori
R Hannon 3
8th (12) 1 Queen Nefertiti (IRE) 25/1 W M Lordan
D Wachman 3
9th (10) 1 Terror (IRE) 25/1 Andrea Atzeni
D M Simcock 3
10th (4) 7 Local Time 16/1 James Doyle
S bin Suroor 3
11th (8) 10 Redstart 16/1 P J Dobbs
R M Beckett 3
12th (5) 10 Jellicle Ball (IRE) 7/1 W Buick
J H M Gosden 3
13th (1) ¾ Qualify (IRE) 12/1 J P O'Brien
A P O'Brien 3

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