The Irish domination in British racing switched from the jumps to the flat this weekend, with two trainers from across the Irish Sea claiming wins in the first two British Classics of the season, the 1000 and 2000 Guineas, at Newmarket.
Saturday saw the three-year-old colts compete down the famous Rowley Mile, with an outsider causing an upset in the 2000 Guineas.
16/1 shot Poetic Flare followed in the footsteps of his sire and 2013 winner Dawn Approach as he landed victory by a short head.
Trained by the legendary Jim Bolger, the three-year-old was pushed along three out and challenged the travelling Master Of The Seas for the lead.
The pair traded blows all the way to the finish, with a photo needed to split the two.
Poetic Flare’s success was a family affair for Bolger, with his wife Jackie owning the colt while his son-in-law, Kevin Manning, rode the three-year-old to victory.
The Ballydoyle trainer experienced better fortunes 24 hours later in the 1000 Guineas, claiming his seventh victory in the Classic from an unlikely source.
Santa Barbara had gained plenty of market support in the weeks building up to the contest, but it was stablemate Mother Earth that landed success on the Rowley Mile course.
The filly had amassed a fair level of experience as a two-year-old and she put it to good use to claim a first Group 1 success.
With Frankie Dettori in the saddle, the three-year-old made good headway at two out and pushed her way in front.
She bravely fended off the challenges of Saffron Beach and Fev Rover to win by a length, with Santa Barbara finishing behind in fourth.