Newmarket 1000 Guineas - 1st May 2011 

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Blue Bunting Flying High for Godolphin

1 Blue Bunting 16/1
2 Together 33/1
3 Maqaasid 22/1
NR: Immortal Verse (IRE)
18 ran Distances: ¾l, 1¼l, 3¼l
TIME 1m 39.27s (slow by 3.77s)

The fast-finishing Blue Bunting gave Godolphin a third win in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas and trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni his first British Classic victory when leading home Together by three-quarters of a length to strike at odds of 16/1 on the Rowley Mile. The previous 1000 Guineas winners were Kazzia (2002) and Cape Verdi (1998).

Blue Bunting
© Racehorse Photos

Blue Bunting

Confirming the winner on course for the Investec Oaks on June 3, Al Zarooni, who joined Saeed bin Suroor as Godolphin's second main trainer in Dubai and then Newmarket last year, said: "It's very, very special and I am very pleased for the filly. Frankie did a good job on her.

"This is my first Classic success in England and it's because of His Highness - we follow what he says because he has the experience. He knows the racing in England.

"I have a very good team behind me who help me. Honestly, I don't have experience of English racecourses.

"It is the dream to win big races in England, especially the Guineas and the Derby which are among the biggest races in the world.

"We always thought that she was a mile and a half filly, that she was an Oaks filly and she wanted soft ground. She has shown us today that everything we thought about her was wrong!

"I hope she's an Oaks filly because she has shown so much speed here. She stayed here in Newmarket over the winter."

Al Zarooni's QIPCO 2000 Guineas runner Casamento is another on course for Epsom after finishing unplaced yesterday, with the Investec Derby his target (June 4).

The trainer reported: "Casamento is fine this morning - he is a stayer.

"A Classic in England is very special, especially in Newmarket. You have the best horses and the best trainers and it's not easy to win big races."


Starting Price
Beaten Distance
Blue Bunting
M Al Zarooni
L Dettori
9st 0lbs
16 - 1
A P O'Brien
C O'Donoghue
9st 0lbs
33 - 1
3/4 length
J H M Gosden
R Hills
9st 0lbs
22 - 1
1 1/4 length
Nova Hawk
Rod Collet
S Pasquier
9st 0lbs
25 - 1
3 1/4 lengths
Barefoot Lady
R A Fahey
P Hanagan
9st 0lbs
16 - 1
Sir Michael Stoute
R L Moore
9st 0lbs
13 - 2
Moonlight Cloud
F Head
D Bonilla
9st 0lbs
9 - 2
3 3/4 lengths
Sir Mark Prescott
S Sanders
9st 0lbs
9 - 1
1 1/2 length
I Love Me
A M Balding
J Fortune
9st 0lbs
10 - 1
C E Brittain
P Robinson
9st 0lbs
50 - 1
2 3/4 lengths
Misty For Me
A P O'Brien
P J Smullen
9st 0lbs
9 - 1
3 3/4 lengths
Cape Dollar
Sir Michael Stoute
R Mullen
9st 0lbs
40 - 1
1/2 length
The Shrew
J H M Gosden
William Buick
9st 0lbs
66 - 1
3 lengths
Show Rainbow
M R Channon
N Callan
9st 0lbs
100 - 1
3 1/2 lengths
A P O'Brien
J P O'Brien
9st 0lbs
25 - 1
3 1/4 lengths
Make A Dance
B W Hills
M Hills
9st 0lbs
16 - 1
1 1/2 length
Laughing Lashes
Mrs J Harrington
F M Berry
9st 0lbs
18 - 1
R Hannon
R Hughes
9st 0lbs
6 - 1
37 lengths

Immortal Verse
Robert Collet
C P Lemaire
9st 0lbs



The Aidan O’Brien-trained Together ran a great race under Colm O’Donoghue to bely her 33/1 odds and finish three-quarters of a length second to Blue Bunting in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas.

© Racehorse Photos

“The mile suited her well and she ran a blinder,” said O’Donoghue. “I couldn’t understand her last run but she had the class and it showed through today. I hope that keeps going through the year.”

O’Brien added: “I was delighted to see her run so well and the trip seemed to suit her.”

O’Donoghue was suspended for two days having been found guilty of using his whip with excessive frequency aboard runner-up Together in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas. The suspension will take place on May 15 and 16.

John Gosden, trainer of third-placed Maqaasid, said: “She’s not very big and got a bit caught out with that headwind, she was just blown about a bit. It was a real test of a mile because of the wind but I was delighted with that. It was a great run and she’ll go for the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot now.”

Rod Collet, trainer of fourth-placed Nova Hawk, said: “It was only the second time she has run on a straight course and she maybe needed more experience. It was her first time on that ground but she seemed OK on it and was coming on well at the end.

“I’m delighted to have one of the best mile fillies in France and we’ll take her home to Chantilly tomorrow and think about what we do next. I’m just lucky to have her and Sahpresa.”

Nova Hawk’s jockey Stephane Pasquier said: “She ran very well but I think she is better on softer ground and she needs more experience.”


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