Homeless Songs defeats its rivals in the 1,000 Irish Guineas

Homeless Songs scored an impressive Irish 1000 Guineas winner from Tattersalls at the Curragh.

Successful in Group Three testing for this race at Leopardstown in early April, the Moyglare Stud Farm-owned filly had an 11-2 chance to give Dermot Weld a fifth career win in the hands of Chris Hayes.

For a long time, it seemed that Aidan O’Brien’s favorite on Tuesday, third in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, was in prime position and took the lead down the stretch.

But having been handled sparingly, Homeless Songs moved effortlessly into contention and found another gear once the question came up to quickly put their rivals behind them.

Frankel’s daughter passed the post with 5 1/2 lengths in hand, and on Tuesday she overtook her stablemate, Concert Hall, for second place.

Weld told RTÉ Sport: “My only concern was if she could take that speed over a mile, but she relaxed wonderfully for Chris and he gave her a perfect ride.

“I told Eva (Bucher-Haefner, from Moyglare) that if she can take that speed over a mile, she will win the Guineas.

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

“She’s not the easiest to keep on the right, but when you have her on the right, she’s very good.”

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

“That is my 27th European Classic and the fifth time I have won this race and every Classic is very special and difficult to win. She is a very special filly.”

Hayes said: “There was talk that she would be better with a curve, and this and that. My only concern coming in today was if I would have a good run of things. Staying a mile and the ground made no difference as she she is a special filly.

“It was nice to get the one for the foals (2000 Irish guineas at Awtaad in 2016), now we have the one for the fillies. Any day you ride a Classic winner is a good day.”

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