Winter wins Tattersalls Irish 1000 Guineas
The Ballydoyle juggernaut, fresh from nailing a 2,000 Guineas double on Saturday, repeated the trick when Winter scored in spectacular fashion in the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas on Sunday – with Aidan O’Brien saddling the first three home for good measure.
Winter confirmed herself the leading three-year-old filly under Ryan Moore with a four-and-three-quarter length victory over stablemates Roly Poly and Hydrangea. It was hard not to be impressed and Paddy Power shortened Winter to 10-11 (from 5-2) to land the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 23, while Sky Bet made her evens (from 5-2).
Moore said: “It was very easy and she gave me a lovely ride. I couldn’t have been more impressed with her – she was relentless and it rode like a piece of work for her. She’s a very good filly.
“She’s stepped forward from each of her runs and there’s no reason why she won’t keep on progressing.”
Hydrangea ensured there was an honest gallop throughout, and did well to keep on for third in a bunch finish for the placings, but there was never any doubt about the outcome in the final half mile.
Moore, sleeves rolled up and ready for action, barely had to get down into the drive position as Winter cruised into contention, hit the front with two furlongs to run and bounded clear under hands and heels.
Roly Poly stayed on from an unpromising position to take second at the winning post, a head in front of Hydrangea and a further nose ahead of fourth-placed Intricately, trained by O’Brien’s son Joseph.