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Newmarket

  • 15:15 Qipco 1000 Guineas Stakes 1m

  • (British Champions Series) (Fillies' Group 1) £376,500 added 3yo 17 ran
  • Winner £213,513 2nd £80,948 3rd £40,511 4th £20,180
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 40.45s
  • Off time: 15:43:32

Queen routs Guineas rivals

Stable second string turns Classic into a procession

Last Updated: 06/05/12 4:26pm

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Homecoming Queen: Won by the second largest margin in history

Homecoming Queen: Won by the second largest margin in history

Homecoming Queen routed her rivals in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on Sunday to complete a famous double for her trainer, Aidan O'Brien, after the success of Camelot the previous day.

The second Classic of the season was delayed as the fatally injured Gray Pearl, who had gone down in the stalls, was attended to before being taken away in the attending horse ambulance.

Those already loaded - the majority of the field - were removed with several jockeys opting to take the weight off their fillies' backs as they led them round behind the starting gates.

The race eventually got underway some around 30 minutes later than scheduled and Ryan Moore was quick to roust Homecoming Queen - who had been the last to load - into the lead with most commentators assuming that she was helping to set the gallop for her better fancied stablemate and favourite Maybe.

Fourteenth Start

However, the Holy Roman Emperor filly - who remarkably was having the fourteenth start of her career - kicked at the two pole to leave her rivals trailing in her wake, crossing the line nine lengths clear of her nearest rival to record the second largest winning margin in the race's history.

The field raced together in the centre of the track and Maybe's supporters would have been happy as the filly looked to be travelling well in the first half of the field but she had no answer to the winner's devastating turn of foot and she ultimately looked rather laboured in finishing third.

Starscope was one place in front of her despite having given trouble at the start, running a huge race on just her third start and improving significantly on her unlucky in running fourth in the Nell Gwyn.

She was saddled by John Gosden who was also responsible for the fourth home, The Fugue, who ran a blinder on just her second career start.

Faster Time

The race was won in a two second faster time than Camelot had run 24 hours earlier and the successful jockey, who was securing his first victory in the Newmarket fillies' Classic, said: "Aidan said she was very fit and very well.

"I thought I was going a stride too quick, but she just kept going.

"There's not much of her, but she tries very hard. She's very tough."

O'Brien, who was claiming his second 1000 Guineas victory after Virginia Waters struck in 2005, said: "It's incredible. She's a hardy, tough filly with a great pedigree.

"In the last couple of weeks she's gone into a different zone.

"When Seamus (Heffernan) won on her last year he said she could be very smart. Joseph won a Listed race on her at the Curragh and said she had a massive engine.

"We went to the Breeders' Cup with her after that but she was entitled to be tired there. She ran first time up at the Curragh when she got a little bit tired, but won nicely at Leopardstown.

"It was an incredible performance and Joseph said she was the filly he was most worried about as she would be going off in front and it was Maybe's first run.

"I was delighted with Maybe, too."

Lacking In Fitness

Joseph O'Brien felt Maybe was perhaps lacking in race fitness.

He said: "She travelled into the race well but she just got a bit tired on the ground which is getting softer all the time."

Gosden said of his pair: "I was thrilled with both my fillies, who will go further in time and will want a longer trip.

"They've run great but, unfortunately, The Fugue has been struck into on her hind leg and I hope she'll be OK.

"Starscope has run well and is a nice prospect."

Jockey Jimmy Fortune said of Starscope: "My filly ran a great race, but we never saw where the winner had gone."

William Buick said of The Fugue: "I'm very happy with her. She ran really well but it was a rough race in the early stages and the ground was not ideal for her. She will improve in time."

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