May 6 2012
Aidan O'Brien landed his second Classic of the weekend as Homecoming Queen sprang a 25-1 shock in the Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket.
All the pre-race talk surrounded stablemate Maybe (13-8 favourite) and she was plenty close enough as Homecoming Queen set off in front down the Rowley Mile in the hands of Ryan Moore.
But nothing could go with the leader when she quickened the pace and the further they went, the further became her advantage as she cleared right away to score by nine lengths from Starscope, with Maybe only third.
Aidan and Joseph O'Brien were successful 24 hours earlier when Camelot won the 2000 Guineas.
Moore, who was securing his first victory in the Newmarket fillies' Classic, said: "Aidan said she was very fit and very well. I thought I was going a stride too quick, but she just kept going. There's not much of her, but she tries very hard. She's very tough."
O'Brien added: "She's a hardy, tough filly with a great pedigree. In the last couple of weeks she's gone into a different zone. When Seamus (Heffernan) won on her last year he said she could be very smart.
"Joseph won a Listed race on her at the Curragh and said she had a massive engine. We went to the Breeders' Cup with her after that but she was entitled to be tired there.
"She ran first time up at the Curragh, when she got a little bit tired, but won nicely at Leopardstown.
"It was an incredible performance and Joseph said she was the filly he was most worried about as she would be going off in front and it was Maybe's first run. I was delighted with Maybe, too."
There was a 30-minute delay to the race as Gray Pearl, trained by Charlie Hills, became lodged beneath her starting gate. She remained on the turf for some time before being taken away in a horse ambulance, and course officials later confirmed she had been put down.