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REPORT | Poetic Flare and Mother Earth claim Guineas success at Newmarket

Irish trainers Jim Bolger and Aidan O’Brien landed victory at Newmarket in the 2000 & 1000 Guineas over the weekend



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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.

Jim Bolger
Jim Bolger landed his second success in the 2000 Guineas with Poetic Flare

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.

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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.

Lucky Vega ran a cracker to take third, while all three of Aidan O’Brien’s runners finished eighth, 11th and 13th.

Aidan O'Brien Trainer
Aidan O’Brien landed his seventh victory in the 1000 Guineas

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.

The next Classic contest comes in the form of The Derby, hosted at the Epsom Downs in a month’s time.

Reece Charlton is a Content Writer at Low6 that specializes in horse racing. He is an avid hunter of value in the racing world, picking out longshots six days a week across the National Hunt and Flat cards on offer across the UK and Ireland. He keeps punters and race fans in the know with his racing expertise with previews and value picks for all the big cards and meetings.