Just like Awtaad in the colts’ classic on Saturday, Jet Setting proved a hugely popular winner of yesterday’s Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh as she battled tenaciously to deny odds-on favourite Minding a Guineas double by a head after a titanic tussle.
A bargain buy, for just 12,000 Guineas at the Newmarket Sales last October, and supplemented for both the Qipco 1,000 Guineas (faded to finish ninth on unsuitably quick ground) and yesterday’s classic (at a cost of €30,000), the tough Fast Company filly provided her trainer Adrian Keatley and jockey Shane ‘Dusty’ Foley with a first classic success.
Having dictated the pace, Jet Setting looked vulnerable as Ryan Moore moved 4/11 favourite Minding into a challenging position with more than two furlongs to race. Moore oozed confidence but, gradually, got to work on the Newmarket heroine and a tremendous battle then developed.
And, in fairness to Jet Setting, she responded to Foley’s urgings all the way to the line and held the favourite by a head, with the third, Now Or Never, fully ten lengths adrift.
Adrian Keatley, who has made the headlines thanks to some profitable raids on Ayr, declared: “It’s a dream come true. I’m delighted for her owners and everyone involved with the yard.”
He added a poignant comment: “I just hope it helps us to get bigger and better, so we won’t have to go to Ayr.”
He explained the decision to supplement Jet Setting for yesterday’s race, rather than entertain a trip to the German Guineas. “The weather came, so we decided to have a go. Fair play to the owners – they stumped up £30,000 to supplement her for Newmarket and another €30,000 for today’s race. It was a big call. You’d have to hand it to them.
“Today’s race was similar to Leopardstown (when she won her Guineas trial) – she likes being in front with daylight around her. She’s so good at a mile that there’s no point in changing. She’s in the Coronation Stakes (at Royal Ascot), but we’ll wait and see how the ground is. We’ll definitely consider it – she’ll run on good or with an ease, but not on fast ground.”
Winning rider Shane ‘Dusty’ Foley (28) was understandably elated following his classic breakthrough, stating, “No matter how many winners you ride, these are the days you dream about, particularly on home turf.
“She had a good run in Newmarket, when the ground was too quick and we were glad to see the rain arrive. I though Ryan was going to collar us at the furlong-pole. But my filly kept finding more and won well.”
Aidan O’Brien was philosophical about Minding’s defeat, congratulating Keatley and Foley and confirming the Investec Oaks at Epsom as her next target.
But after winning the Gallinule Sakes with Beacon Rock later, O’Brien explained: “Minding anticipated the start, Ryan said she hit the stalls and burst her sinus. So we’ll have to see how she is before we make a final decision on Epsom.”
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