Homeless Songs bombards rivals in 1,000 Irish Guineas

Homeless Songs came out with a hugely impressive winner of the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas in the Curragh.

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

For a long time it looked like Aidan O’Brien’s favorite Tuesday, third in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, was in the best position and she moved into the lead in the home game.

But after being ridden with restraint, Homeless Songs entered the fray effortlessly and found another gear when the question arose to quickly leave its rivals in her wake.

Frankel’s daughter passed the post with five and a half lengths in hand, just beating her stable mate Concert Hall to second place on Tuesday.

Weld told RTÉ Sport: “My only concern was if she could carry that speed for more than a mile, but she relaxed beautifully for Chris and he gave her a very perfect ride.

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

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

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

On a poignant note, Weld added: “Pat (Feast) won on a bet level over her mother and I thought of him today, that’s his birthday too.

“That’s my 27th European Classic and my fifth time winning 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 corner, and this and that. My only concern that came in today was whether I would get things sorted out. Staying a mile on the ground made no difference because she is a special filly.

“It was nice to get the foals (Irish 2,000 Guineas on Awtaad in 2016), now we have the fillies. Any day riding a Classic winner is a good day.”

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