Homecoming Queen blitzes 1,000 Guineas rivals

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By Stuart Riley
Racing Post

Homecoming Queen The winning distance was the second biggest in 1,000 Guineas history as Homecoming Queen, having her 14th start, put her experience to good use to cap a remarkable weekend for trainer Aidan O’Brien, who on the 2,000 Guineas on Saturday with Camelot.

Whereas Camelot sliced through the pack, Homecoming Queen lead throughout, travelling strongly a length or two clear of the field in the early stages before pulling away in emphatic fashion when asked for her effort.

“I thought I was going a stride to quickly,” said winning jockey Ryan Moore. “Aidan had her very fit and well, she just keptgoing for’me. There’s not much of her, but she tries very hard.”

There was drama before the start, with Gray Pearl getting trapped under the stalls, delaying the start of the race by almost half an hour.

But once the stalls opened only one horse was ever in contention with Homecoming Queen blitzing her rivals from the start. Starscope stayed on for second at 33-1, with favourite Maybe losing her unbeaten record back in third.

O’Brien, whose Classic double gave him his first and second British Classics since Henrythenavigator won the 2,000 Guineas in 2008, said of the winner: “She’s a hardy, tough filly who improved a ton from her first race to her second this season. She’s got a great pedigree as a sister to Dylan Thomas who progressed and progressed.”

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