Qipco 1000 Guineas
Group 1, Newmarket
£500,000 guaranteed,
3yo only,
1m, Class 1  
Sunday 5th May 2024

Boylesports Races

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Ylang Ylang won her first two starts, a Curragh maiden in June and a Group Three at Leopardstown the following month.

In the Jockey Club of Turkey Silver Flash Stakes, she led from the start, showcasing her prowess and determination. Her jockey, Ryan Moore, guided her to victory, and she held off the late challenge of Vespertilio by a length and a half.

That impressive performance catapulted her to the top of the ante-post lists for both the 1000 Guineas and the Epsom Oaks.

After a disappointing run at the Curragh in early September, the impressive Frankel filly secured a remarkable victory in the bet365 Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket. Under the skilled guidance of jockey Ryan Moore, she triumphed in this prestigious Group 1 race, marking a record sixth Fillies’ Mile win for trainer Aidan O’Brien and the Ballydoyle stable.

Ylang Ylang’s performance was particularly impressive because she was attempting the mile distance for the first time.

O’Brien praised her bravery and class, emphasizing that this race was more about education for next year than an immediate goal. He believes she has the potential to excel in both the 1000 Guineas and the Oaks. 

Trainers Quotes

Aidan O’Brien has cast serious doubt on leading Classic contender Opera Singer’s participation.

The daughter of Justify announced herself as a major player for the first fillies’ Classic of the campaign when following up a wide-margin victory in a Curragh Group Three with a devastating display at ParisLongchamp in the Prix Marcel Boussac, storming to a five-length success.

However, speaking at the Curragh on Monday (March 18), the master of Ballydoyle explained she may debut for the season on home soil rather than Newmarket having met with a setback.

“Opera Singer is a little bit behind them (the colts) and might not make the English Guineas,” he told Racing TV.

“She had a little setback and had to have two weeks easy. When you have two weeks easy, it is just difficult enough to get to the English Guineas.

“It’s possible but more unlikely than likely and she could end up starting here in the Curragh rather than starting in England. We won’t force her, she’s a beautiful big filly and everyone’s very happy with her.

“She had a couple of easy weeks and when that happens you have to be wary of it.”

Ollie Sangster’s promising filly, Shuwari, has encountered a setback that will prevent her from participating.

After impressing at Listed level early in her career and securing valuable Newmarket experience with second-place finishes in both the Rockfel Stakes and Fillies’ Mile, Shuwari was poised for a big-race assignment on the Rowley Mile in early May.

Unfortunately, a minor issue has arisen, necessitating some time for resolution. Despite this setback, her connections remain hopeful that she will return to the track later in the season.

Qipco 1000 Guineas Stakes
(British Champions Series) (Group 1)
48 remaining entries

Going:

NO. FORM HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY (form as of Mar 28)
1 23 Asinara 3 9-2 Charles Hills
2 7355-1 Brilliant 3 9-2 A P O'Brien
3 1- Buttons 3 9-2 A P O'Brien
4 12248- Cherry Blossom 3 9-2 A P O'Brien
5 11-11 Cinderella's Dream 3 9-2 Charlie Appleby
6 12614- Content 3 9-2 A P O'Brien
7 11- Dance Sequence 3 9-2 Charlie Appleby
8 31115- Darnation 3 9-2 K R Burke
9 1- Devoted Queen 3 9-2 Charlie Appleby
10 1- Ejaabiyah 3 9-2 Roger Varian
11 1- Elmalka 3 9-2 Roger Varian
12 71-4 Everlasting 3 9-2 A P O'Brien
13 1211- Fallen Angel 3 9-2 K R Burke
14 74-3 Finsceal Luas 3 9-2 J S Bolger
15 21- Indelible 3 9-2 Ralph Beckett
16 2- Izipizi 3 9-2 John & Thady Gosden
17 21- Jeanne D'Arc 3 9-2 John & Thady Gosden
18 1- Kaleidoscope 3 9-2 John & Thady Gosden
19 112- Kitty Rose 3 9-2 Miss Natalia Lupini
20 1- Love Dynasty 3 9-2 William Haggas
21 1- Lunar Eclipse 3 9-2 David Simcock
22 96- Mallavelly 3 9-2 Jane Chapple-Hyam
23 4-31 Manhattan Dreamer 3 9-2 Adrian Murray
24 121- Matrika 3 9-2 A P O'Brien
25 1- Needlepoint 3 9-2 Amy Murphy
26 1- One Look 3 9-2 P Twomey
27 81211- Opera Singer 3 9-2 A P O'Brien
28 3123- Ornellaia 3 9-2 Roger Varian
29 14415- Persian Dreamer 3 9-2 Dominic Ffrench Davis
30 12312- Porta Fortuna 3 9-2 Donnacha O'Brien
31 1-1 Purple Lily 3 9-2 P Twomey
32 32- Queen Of Thunder 3 9-2 K J Condon
33 112 Queen Of Zafeen 3 9-2 Richard Hughes
34 12112- Ramatuelle 3 9-2 Christopher Head
35 35- Red Viburnum 3 9-2 D K Weld
36 911- Regal Jubilee 3 9-2 John & Thady Gosden
37 3- Rolica 3 9-2 Jane Chapple-Hyam
38 711- Romantic Style 3 9-2 Charlie Appleby
39 31143- Sacred Angel 3 9-2 Charlie Johnston
40 123- See The Fire 3 9-2 Andrew Balding
41 3210- Serene Seraph 3 9-2 Richard Hannon
NR 42 Shuwari 3 9-2 Ollie Sangsterr NON RUNNER
43 412- Skellet 3 9-2 Ralph Beckett
44 33237- Soprano 3 9-2 George Boughey
45 3313- Star Music 3 9-2 Richard Hughes
46    Star Style 3 9-2 Richard Hannon
47 311- Tamfana 3 9-2 David Menuisier
48 1- True Cyan 3 9-2 Roger Varian
49 11931- Ylang Ylang 3 9-2 A P O'Brien