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  • 15:15 Qipco 1000 Guineas Stakes 1m

  • (Fillies' Group 1) £350,000 added 3yo 18 ran
  • Winner £213,739 2nd £81,023 3rd £40,549 4th £20,218
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 39.27s
  • Off time: 15:18:42

Blue Bunting lands Guineas

Blue Bunting new favourite for Oaks following Guineas success

Last Updated: 01/05/11 6:42pm

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Frankie Dettori was delighted with the Guineas win.

Frankie Dettori was delighted with the Guineas win.

Godolphin's Blue Bunting landed a shock win in the Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket.

Blue Bunting swooped late under the stands' side rail under Frankie Dettori to collar Together and Maqaasid who had been locked together for much of the final furlong in the centre of the track.

The well backed favourite Memory was a long way adrift of the field having stood still when the stalls opened whilst Moonlight Cloud's challenge petered out tamely after hitting the front around a furlong from home after Hooray had helped to set a strong pace.

Jockey Richard Hughes reported: "If she wants to go she can win but she refused to jump off (from the stalls). She nearly did the same at Royal Ascot but I got away with it."

Together and Maqaasid pulled clear of the field in the centre of the track and looked to have the race between them only for Blue Bunting to swoop late with Dettori raising a celebratory hand to the packed stands as he crossed the winning line.

"I was delighted to see her run so well and the trip seemed to suit her," said Aidan O'Brien, trainer of the runner-up.

And John Gosden's Maqaasid, a long way clear of fourth-placed Nova Hawk, was another to have performed with great credit.

"She's not very big and got a bit caught out with that headwind, she was just blown about a bit," said Gosden.

"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."

Winning Connections

Mahmood Al Zarooni's filly was a relative outsider, opening at 25-1 on course, but was not without support in the ring and was returned a 16-1 chance.

Connections of the winner had always felt that she was more of an Oaks filly and the daughter of Dynaformer is firmly on target for the second fillies Classic of the season.

Dettori said: "That was great and a pleasant surprise. "The lads had been telling me she was working well, but obviously she had a lot to prove on form.

"Things worked out really well as they went a good pace, which was what I needed.

"It's fantastic as I haven't won a Classic for a while and I'm based here in Newmarket. This is my home town.

"I'm delighted for the Godolphin team. Mahmood told me she was more of an Oaks filly, so what ever she was going to do today was a bonus. To win is fantastic."

Al Zarooni added: "I'm very pleased with the filly and this is my first Classic in England.

"We always thought she was a mile-and-a-half filly and an Oaks filly and she wanted softer ground. Today she has won when we thought everything was wrong!

"She's still an Oaks filly, but she has done very well."

Godolphin's racing manager Simon Crisford said: "We have been in two minds whether to run in an Oaks trial but we decided to come here. We did it with Moonshell who came third and went on to win the Oaks (in 1995) and that's the plan with this one.

"She's a highly progressive filly and certainly a step up in trip and a bit of cut in the ground wouldn't hurt her.

"British Classics are wonderful races to win and every year we try hard to be part of it."

Of White Moonstone, who pulled up stiff after a recent piece of work, Crisford added: "She's still not right and won't be back until later in the season."

Boylesports and Sky Bet quoted Blue Bunting as the 7-2 favourite, Ladbrokes 5-2 favourite but Victor Chandler went 9-2 with the latter cutting her price for the Investec Oaks from 25s while they make Together 12s also from 25-1 as did Sky Bet who pushed deposed favourite Havant out to 6-1.

Matt Doyle of Sky Bet said: 'From day one Godolphin have talked her up as an Oaks filly and the daughter of Dynaformer holds strong claims for the Classic double as she is sure to better over further.'

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