Jet Setting completed a remarkable rags to riches story as she repelled the might of Minding to win the Group 1 Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh today.
The rain-softened ground sadly saw four defections and a field of ten lined up for the first fillies’ Classic of the Irish season, with Newmarket Guineas winner Minding all the rage beforehand.
Jet Setting broke quickly along with Radiantly and Pretty Perfect.
Settling down, Jet Setting, racing wide, led from Pretty Perfect, with Minding and Tanaza just behind the front pair as the field took their only turn.
Jet Setting took the field along and increased her advantage with three furlongs to race.
At the two furlong pole it was still Jet Setting in front, with Minding hard at work to close her rival down and the rest starting to lose touch.
Inside the final furlong Jet Setting and Shane Foley refused to yield as Minding and Ryan Moore battled hard and it was nip and tuck as a protracted fight ensued.
However, Jet Setting, appreciating the softer underfoot conditions, would not crack and in a head bobbing finish, it was the Adrian Keatley trained filly who reached the line narrowly in front of Minding, with a huge gap back to Now Or Never in third, with the English challenger Czabo fourth.
Jet Setting was purchased out of Richard Hannon’s yard as a maiden last winter for only £12,000.
After landing a Cork maiden in late March, she repaid her new owners’ faith with success in the Group 3 Leopardstown 1,000 Guineas Trial in early April, before finding the ground too fast at Newmarket.
Jet Setting was supplemented for this contest last week and is now worth a fortune having won a major Classic.
Minding perhaps was unable to quicken as she would have liked in the prevailing ground, but still ran very well and nothing should be taken away from the winner. The front pair drew a very long way clear of their rivals and this result is unlikely to dissuade Aidan O’Brien from running his superstar filly in the Oaks.
“It’s a dream come true,” said Foley.
“She’s a tough little filly and the ground came right for her – she ran a blinder at Newmarket but it was too fast for her.
“Soft ground and a stiff mile was ideal for her.”
The winning trainer said: “It’s a dream, really, but miracles happen. She was a cheap purchase at £12,000 last October.
“We were delighted when the rain came as it allowed her to do the business.
“I was just hoping at the finish that she stayed where she was.
“I’m delighted for the owners and everyone in the yard.
“Hopefully this will help us get bigger, better and more competitive so we don’t have to keep going to Ayr every Monday!
“I don’t know what’s next. I didn’t look beyond this. She’s entered in Ascot but whether she goes or not I don’t know.
“When the rain was forecast we said we’d have a go here and, luckily enough for the lads, it worked out as it was a big call to supplement her again.”
Minding suffered only the second reverse of her career, with O’Brien offering a possible reason for her defeat: “She hit her head on the stalls before they opened and burst her sinus.
“Ryan (Moore) said she anticipated it (the start) before the gates opened.
“Obviously we’re disappointed she got beat, and obviously it (hitting her head) wasn’t an advantage, but she ran well. The poor thing will have a headache, anyway.
“We won’t take anything away from the other filly, though. It’s good for Adrian. The winner is a good filly and was very well trained by Adrian. She handles soft ground well.
“We’ll see how she is after that. She had two bits of work to do this week. After Ballydoyle came out the plan was to let her go here and then kick on.
“She’ll get an easy week now and if she’s well she could go to Epsom.”