The Aidan O’Brien-trained Winter landed some major bets as she ran out a decisive winner of the 1000 Guineas under Wayne Lordan at Newmarket on Sunday.
Freely available at 33/1 earlier in the week, the imposing grey filly was heavily supported in the build up to the fillies’ classic and eventually went off as an 9/1 shot.
Her victory provided Aidan O’Brien with a third 1000/2000 Guineas double on the same weekend.
However, whilst O’Brien was fancied to win the event, many thought 5/4 favourite Rhododendron would complete the famous double but she met trouble in running and by the time she finally got some racing room, she could not catch the winner.
Trained by the now retired David Wachman last term, the filly ran well on her first start for O’Brien at Leopardstown when second to another of O’Brien’s runners in the race Hydrangea, who set the early pace, and she showed the benefit of that reappearance by coming well clear for Lordon.
A delighted O’Brien said of his duo:
She had a lovely run first time at Leopardstown and David (Wachman) thought the world of her when she came to us. He thought she would be a Classic filly this year.
Wayne knew her from last year and from Leopardstown and he gave her great ride. She is a big, powerful mare.
She gets a mile very well and you would say she would get a mile and a quarter and she could get further.
Rhododendron didn’t get a clear run and it was a little bit messy, but they don’t always get clear runs and it doesn’t always happen. We always thought she would get further than a mile. I was watching her the last furlong and she was coming home well.
Ryan (Moore) thought going out that she would stay very well in the future and we thought she could be an Oaks filly.