Having been the subject of numerous horse racing television programmes and being named a favourite for the Royal Ascot in 2005, the Irish 1000 Guineas is one of the most famous races in Europe. It is also one of the most prestigious, as it attracts an elite group of horses. It is therefore not surprising to find that this race is one of the most competitive in the world.
During a glittering career, Dermot Weld has won 27 European and American Classics. He is currently in line to win his fifth Irish 1,000 Guineas. His filly, Homeless Songs, is a potential contender for Group One. However, the trainer has warned that she will only run in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot if the ground is suitable. This is a highly competitive race.
Dermot Weld has had many notable winners at Royal Ascot. He has saddled four winners in the last three years. He also has two winners at the Cheltenham Festival. He has been based at the Curragh in Rosewell House for forty years. However, his horses have been out of sorts of late. He has only had one winner in the last three weeks.
Dermot Weld won the Irish 1000 Guineas with Bethrah in 2010, a race that he has trained. In 2010, he trained Bethrah to win the Irish 1000 Guineas, the Curragh Classic and the Fillies Classic. He also won the Laurel Futurity and the Belmont Stakes.
Dermot Weld won the Curragh Classic with Trusted Partner in 1988 and the Fillies Classic with Bethrah in 2010. He also won the Irish 1000 Guineas with Nightime in 2006. His latest winner is Homeless Songs. She is owned by Moyglare Stud and is a daughter of Galileo and Dubawi. She also won the Ballylinch Stud "Priory Belle" 1,000 Guineas Trial Stakes at Leopardstown.
Taking the plunge into the Irish 1000 Guineas at Curragh Racecourse in Ireland on September 4th is Prince's Polly. Prince's Polly has been in the Irish racing fraternity since stepping up from her maiden race at Leopardstown in June. She was rated 103 by Timeform, but rated just 10 pounds behind Woodstream.
Prince's Polly has won four races, including two Group Three contests. She was rated a 12-pound fifth favourite for the Irish 1000 Guineas.
Prince's Polly is the second-best juvenile filly trained in Ireland behind Woodstream, who was rated 102. Previously, Prince's Polly had run in the Pretty Polly Stakes at Curragh in late June. She stepped up from a maiden race to the Group Three Silken Glider Stakes. She beat Realms Reason by two and a half lengths. The Irish 1000 Guineas is a race for three-year-old thoroughbred fillies.
Prince's Polly is a bay filly bred by Tom Nicholson. Her sire is English Prince, and her dam is Hoity Toity, a Belle Sauvage family descendant. Her dam, Hoity Toity, is a dam of five winners including Lillie Langtry, who has won the Coronation Stakes and the G1 Matron Stakes. She also produced Lochnager, who won the Prince of Wales' Stakes.
Prince's Polly has run in three races at Curragh Racecourse, including the Pretty Polly Stakes. She has finished in the placings in the Azalea Stakes, and ran in the Park Stakes in October.
Despite being a two-year-old, Homeless Songs has shown promise in her career. The filly made her first appearance in the track in a maiden race at Leopardstown in July. She also finished sixth in the Group 3 Richmond Homes Killavullan Stakes at Leopardstown last October.
Homeless Songs has the ability to be effective over six furlongs, and she showed plenty of pace to beat Concert Hall in the one-mile Grade One event. She settled well and looked the class of the field from the start. After a few furlongs, she moved up to challenge inside the final two furlongs. Chris Hayes asked her to extend and Homeless Songs made her move, leaving her rivals trailing.
Homeless Songs is owned by Moyglare Stud in County Kildare. She was trained by Dermot Weld. He won the Irish 1,000 Guineas with Nightime in 2006, Bethrah in 2010, and Trusted Partner in 1988. He also has a good record in the Fillies Classic. He has won the first four editions of the Fillies Classic with Nightime, Trusted Partner, and Bethrah. He has also won the Matron three times.
Dermot Weld said Homeless Songs has the ability to be "an exciting prospect". He added: "She's a real filly and a very special filly. I wouldn't swap her for any other horse." He said he hopes to race her in the Irish One Guineas, which is the next big challenge for the filly.
Despite being a relative unknown, HERMANA ESTRELLA defied odds of 50-1 on her debut in May last year to win a Group 3 at Leopardstown. Her win was in spite of the fact that she had only run once at Naas. She has a decent chance of taking the win on Tuesday in the Irish 1000 Guineas.
Hermana Estrella was bred by Gimont Ger and is a half-sister to Choisir. Her sire Starspangledbanner is a winner of both the Matron Stakes and Coronation Stakes and her dam is Lady Springbank, a winner of two Group 3 races over seven furlongs. The filly has been trained by Tommy Spencer and is out of an unraced half-sister to Lady Springbank and Starspangledbanner.
Hermana Estrella's win in a Group 3 race was a big step up in class from the three maiden runs she had last year. She beat subsequent Queen Mary winner Quick Suzy and was well ahead of her rivals.
Despite Hermana Estrella's inexperience, her trainer, Tommy Spencer, has confidence in her. She beat Homeless Songs in the Guineas trial last month, and was in line to run in the Irish 1,000 Guineas at Tipperary on May 22. This is only the second time she has been seen on the racecourse since May last year, and she has plenty to offer in Tipperary.
Aidan O'Brien has won the Irish 1000 Guineas three times in a row. He also has history on his side in Tuesday, who finished third in the Newmarket 1000 Guineas last month. He also trains History and Concert Hall.
Despite being a relatively new addition to the international racing community, the Irish 1000 Guineas filly from Moyglare Stud has had some success already. The daughter of Arch and Joailliere won a maiden race at Leopardstown last year. The filly then followed up with a win in a trial at Leopardstown in early April. She subsequently breezed to victory in the Irish 1000 Guineas at Curragh.
The filly has the benefit of the bloodlines of Tarascon, a winner of the Irish 1000 Guineas and the Oaks, and Minding, a Group 1 winner in Canada and an Oaks/English 1000 Guineas winner. Homeless Songs, a homebred from Moyglare Stud, is another who has shown promise.
Homeless Songs, who is the daughter of In Anticipation's Diamond Trim, showed her potential in an early April trial at Leopardstown. She stayed on strongly from a three-furlong mark and came out strongly to win by two and a quarter lengths. This is one of a number of Group 2 and 3 races in which she has been successful.
Aidan O'Brien, who trains the filly, relies on his ante-post favourite Ryan Moore. He has trained five of the past six winners. It hasn't been an easy task to find a filly to beat the favourite.
Cachet, who is bred to be a 1m plus miler, was unbeaten on four runs on the Rowley Mile. She kept on strongly to win the Nell Gwyn Stakes on her return.
Depending on where you reside in the world, the Irish 1000 pound weight class is the pinnacle of the sporting world and you are no doubt familiar with the name of jockey Tom Dawkins. The runner is a former sprinter who will be back in the saddle for the foreseeable future after a brief stint as an assistant to his long time crony, Aidan O'Brien. The eponymous has a slew of stipulations to keep him on the straight and narrow. Those with a penchant for speed and precision may be interested in the sexism if you are in the market for a new entrant.
The eponymous is a relative of the king of the castle but as mentioned in the introductory paragraph, Aidan O'Brien is a relative of the king of this castle. During his short career as a proponent of speed and precision, Tom Dawkins has earned himself a slew of accolades, the most important being a top of the class ride courtesy of the good ol' boy gang. For the most part, Tom has been a pleasant and sociable presence and a true gent to boot. Certainly a lot better than he was in his pomp of youth.