Weld lands fifth 1,000 Guineas as Homeless Songs finds another gear

The daughter of Frankel passed the post with five and a half lengths in hand, with Aidan O'Brien's Tuesday just beating her stablemate Concert Hall to the runner-up spot
Weld lands fifth 1,000 Guineas as Homeless Songs finds another gear

WINNER: Chris Hayes celebrates on Homeless Songs after winning the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas during the Tattersalls Irish Guineas Festival at The Curragh. 

Homeless Songs ran out a hugely impressive winner of the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh.

Successful in the Group Three trial for this race at Leopardstown in early April, the Moyglare Stud Farm-owned filly was an 11-2 chance to provide Dermot Weld with a fifth victory in the race in the hands of Chris Hayes.

For a long way it looked like Aidan O'Brien's 11-4 favourite Tuesday, third in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, was in the prime position and she moved to the lead in the home straight.

But having been ridden with restraint, Homeless Songs moved effortlessly into contention and found another gear once popped the question to quickly leave her rivals trailing in her wake.

The daughter of Frankel passed the post with five and a half lengths in hand, with Tuesday just beating her stablemate Concert Hall to the runner-up spot.

Weld said: "My only concern was whether she could carry that speed over a mile, but she relaxed beautifully for Chris and he gave her a most perfect ride. I said to Eva (Bucher-Haefner, of Moyglare) if she can carry that speed over a mile, she will win the Guineas.

"I'll discuss it with Eva, but the Coronation (Stakes) at Royal Ascot would now be a definite possibility. She's a great filly to have and the next day will tell us even more.

"She's not the easiest to keep right, but when you have her right she is very good."

On a poignant note, Weld added: "Pat (Smullen) won at stakes level on her dam and I thought of him today which is also his birthday.

"That is my 27th European Classic and my fifth time to win this race and every Classic is very special and difficult to win. She's a very special filly."

Hayes said: "There was talk that she would be better with a bend, and this and that. My only concern coming into today was would I get a clean run of things. Staying a mile and the ground made no difference as she is a special filly.

"It was nice to get the colts' one (Irish 2,000 Guineas on Awtaad in 2016), now we have the fillies' one. Any day you ride a Classic winner is a good day."

Meanwhile Tuesday looks set to head to Epsom for the Cazoo Oaks following her fine run in the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas.

The daughter of Galileo is the general second-favourite for Epsom behind Emily Upjohn, and it appears that is where she will be seen next.

"Tuesday ran a good race and came up against a very good filly on the day. I'd imagine if everything goes well she will head to Epsom," Aidan O'Brien said.

The Ballydoyle trainer was also delighted with High Definition, who produced a career-best in going so close in the Tattersalls Gold Cup.

Making virtually all of the running, the one-time Derby favourite went down by a neck to the William Haggas-trained Alenquer.

O'Brien said: "High Definition ran a great race and it was obviously his best run. We were delighted with him and he won't mind going up in distance."

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