Qipco 1000 Guineas
|Group 1, Newmarket 15:35
1m, Class 1
|Sunday 2nd May 2021|
1 Mother Earth 10/1
2 Saffron Beach 9/1
3 Fev Rover 22/1
11 ran NR: Lullaby Moon Distances: 1l, nk, nse
Time: 1m 36.37s (slow by 0.27s)
Mother Earth wins the 1000 Guineas...— Grant James Thomas (@Grant_Some92) May 2, 2021
Have to say it was a race winning move what @FrankieDettori did pulling her through at the 3 furlong pole, crucially it was probably experience that told here, Santa Barbara was free early and will no doubt improve for the run and up in trip pic.twitter.com/m09UyaI3T0
Returning to the scene of her third in last year’s Fillies’ Mile, Mother Earth was the Ballydoyle second string behind the well-touted Santa Barbara.
But from stall two, the 10/1 shot challenged from off the pace as the field fanned out across the track in the final furlong and was a length and a neck clear at the line.
Mother Earth – recording O’Brien’s fifth 1000 Guineas victory in the last six years – was chased home by Saffron Beach and Fev Rover, with 5/2 joint-favourite Santa Barbara fourth.
The 50-year-old winning rider Dettori said on ITV Racing: "We can still do it! I'm delighted.
"I followed Ryan and I kicked at the top of the hill as I knew she'd get home and she did. Definitely get a mile and a quarter, she's very easy to handle. She's very relaxed, a professional. She's not very big but she's got a big engine.
"I love it."
O’Brien said: “Mother Earth is a very good filly, always was.
“It was unfair to Santa Barbara to come (after one run), but we had to come. With a view to coming back for the Oaks, she had to run.
“Ryan said he would have liked to have waited longer, but he saw Frankie coming on his outside and he had to go.
“Santa Barbara was just green in the dip, but after having one easy run, it was a great run.
“We kind of felt coming here that she was going to learn as much as she would having three runs, but there was a risk doing it that she was going to get beaten.
“She’s classy and would have learnt a lot for it. She has plenty of time now to get over it before the next day, hopefully.
“We never took her off the bridle at home – today was her first time. Hopefully she’ll come out of it OK and it will do her good.
“Frankie’s filly is a very consistent filly. She had a great run in America on her last run last year and she’s very professional and did everything really well, so we’re delighted.
“Santa Barbara was always going to go to the Oaks and Mother Earth was always going to come back to the Irish Guineas. That was the plan.”
He added: “It’s great to have Frankie, what can you say – he’s an unbelievable rider.”
Qipco 1000 Guineas Stakes
(British Champions Series) (Group 1)
£375,000 added, 3yo only, 1m, Class 1
Going: Good to Firm
POS. (DRAW) DIST HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
1 (2) Mother Earth 3 9-0 A P O'Brien Frankie Dettori 10/1
2 (10) 1 Saffron Beach 3 9-0 Jane Chapple-Hyam Adam Kirby 9/1
3 (4) nk Fev Rover 3 9-0 Richard Fahey Paul Hanagan 22/1
4 (1) nse Santa Barbara 3 9-0 A P O'Brien Ryan Moore 5/2JF
5 (11) ¾ Alcohol Free 3 9-0 Andrew Balding Oisin Murphy 5/2JF
6 (6) 1½ Vadream 3 9-0 Charlie Fellowes Jamie Spencer 25/1
7 (9) ¾ Sacred 3 9-0 William Haggas Tom Marquand 9/1
8 (3) 1¾ Statement 3 9-0 Martyn Meade William Buick 7/1
9 (5) ½ Star Of Emaraaty 3 9-0 John & Thady Gosden Robert Havlin 66/1
10 (7) 1¾ Seattle Rock 3 9-0 Sylvester Kirk P J McDonald 100/1
11 (12) 11 Thunder Beauty 3 9-0 K J Condon W J Lee 16/1
NR 3 (8) Lullaby Moon 3 9-0 Ralph Beckett NON RUNNER