Racing: CLASSIC KIEREN; Ballydoyle Make History as Virginia Is Top Guineas Filly

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Racing: CLASSIC KIEREN; Ballydoyle Make History as Virginia Is Top Guineas Filly


Byline: By Garry Owen (Alan Thomson

AIDAN O'BRIEN bagged the only British Classic to have eluded him as Virginia Waters romped away with the 1000 Guineas yesterday.

Successful in the colts' equivalent with Footstepsinthesand 24 hours earlier, O'Brien's 12-1 shot flew late as she left Maids Causeway toiling in second.

Vista Bella stayed on well to finish third under Philip Robinson, with Karen's Caper fourth.

With the winner owned like Footstepsinthesand by Michael Tabor and Sue Magnier, Virginia Waters' success meant that for the first time since 1942, the winners of both 1000 and 2000 Guineas were representing the same connections.

Masterful Fallon settled his filly at the back in the early stages.

The new Ballydoyle No.1 asked his mount to quicken inside the final two furlongs and she responded in devastating fashion, cutting down Maids Causeway to score by two and a half lengths.

Fallon was all smiles as he collected the winner's trophy for the second day running.

He said: "She's a fabulous filly and has been going the right way. I don't think I've ever been travelling so well in a Classic in my life.

"I really liked her when she won at Leopardstown, she really quickened then and she has gone and done it again here." O'Brien said: "Kieren gave her an unbelievable ride. He couldn't believe how much she had improved after she won at Leopardstown. …

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