Qipco 1000 Guineas
Group 1, Newmarket 15:35
£500,000 added,
3yo only,
1m, Class 1  
Sunday 7th May 2017


1 Winter 9/1
2 Rhododendron 5/4F
3 Daban 5/1
14 ran Distances: 2l, nk, 1¼l
Time: 1m 35.66s (slow by 0.66s)

Winter wins Classic to give Aidan O’Brien a third Guineas double


Stopping the Coolmore juggernaut from dominating this year's Classics could prove a difficult task after Winter gifted trainer Aidan O'Brien a weekend to remember.

After having watched Churchill win the 2000 Guineas on Saturday, the Ballydoyle master had even more cause for celebration after the daughter of Galileo provided O'Brien with a 1-2 in the fillies' Classic.

Although the market suggested that an O'Brien victory was likely, it was his supposed second string that landed the spoils, with last year's Fillies' Mile winner Rhododendron forced to play a supporting role as the 5-4 favourite.

Having shown plenty of promise for former trainer David Wachman last year, and on her return for her new handler at Leopardstown last month, Winter (9-1) was kept wide by Wayne Lordan throughout the early stages, behind pacesetters Hydrangea and Intricately.

Two furlongs out, it looked as though the daughter of Galileo was going to face her sternest test from once-raced maiden winner Talaayeb and Nell Gwyn heroine Daban.

But as both of those challengers faded, all eyes were on Rhododendron, who suffered a troubled passage but started to hit top gear on the climb to the line.

However, it was too little, too late as Winter held on by two lengths to give Lordan a first British Classic.

The winner was cut from 20-1 into 7-1 for the Oaks by Boylesports, while Paddy Power introduced O'Brien's inmate as the 6-4 favourite for the Irish 1,000 Guineas.


O'Brien said: "She had a lovely run first time at Leopardstown and David (Wachman) thought the world of her when she came to us. He thought she would be a Classic filly this year.

"Wayne knew her from last year and from Leopardstown and he gave her great ride. She is a big, powerful mare.

"She gets a mile very well and you would say she would get a mile and a quarter and she could get further.

"Rhododendron didn't get a clear run and it was a little bit messy, but they don't always get clear runs and it doesn't always happen.

"We always thought she would get further than a mile. I was watching her the last furlong and she was coming home well.

"Ryan (Moore) thought going out that she would stay very well in the future and we thought she could be an Oaks filly."

Winning any Classic for the first time is always a special occasion and the moment was certainly not lost on Lordan.

He said: "This means a lot. I'm very grateful to Aidan for letting me keep the ride on the filly. It feels great.

"She was quite a big two-year-old and we always felt she was pretty good.

"When she moved to Aidan O'Brien he knew she had the ability to run really well. She is a filly with plenty of depth and scope about her.

"She has a very high cruising speed and kept going when she came off the bridle and she picked up well."

Coolmore partner Michael Tabor hopes the achievements of the weekend can set the tone for another dominant season.

Tabor said: "It is the start of the season and it is a long season.

"I hope it continues for us but I am sure there will be a lot of competition over the next few months and it will get harder.

"I do feel for them (other connections) as I can imagine it being soul destroying, but they are experienced people that have been in the game a long time and they know nothing lasts forever it will change.

"I hope it doesn't change as you want to win all the time, but you know you can't win all the time."

John Gosden intimated that a drop back in trip at Royal Ascot awaits Daban, who was third.

He said: "She has won a Nell Gwyn and finished third in Guineas. She will go back for the Jersey."


Qipco 1000 Guineas Stakes
(British Champions Series) (Group 1)
£500,000 added, 3yo only, 1m, Class 1
14 ran
Going: Good to Firm

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer
1st (7) Winter (IRE) 9/1 W M Lordan
A P O'Brien
2nd (9) 2 Rhododendron (IRE) 5/4f R L Moore
A P O'Brien
3rd (1) nk Daban (IRE) 5/1 L Dettori
J H M Gosden
4th (11) Talaayeb 11/1 Jim Crowley
Owen Burrows
5th (3) Fair Eva 8/1 James Doyle
R Charlton
6th (8) 5 Unforgetable Filly 25/1 W Buick
H Palmer
7th (14) Poet's Vanity 20/1 David Probert
A M Balding
8th (4) ¾ Urban Fox 50/1 M Harley
J Tate
9th (13) Queen Kindly 33/1 G Mosse
R A Fahey
10th (6) ½ Hydrangea (IRE) 9/1 P B Beggy
A P O'Brien
11th (12) Kilmah 100/1 R Kingscote
M Johnston
12th (5) 8 Intricately (IRE) 20/1 D O'Brien
Joseph P O'Brien
13th (2) Ce La Vie 150/1 T P Queally
K Dalgleish
14th (10) 30 Dream Start 200/1 Josephine Gordon
J Ryan