The Curragh Racecourse in Ireland
Trainer Dermot Weld celebrated his 20th Curragh classic win Sunday when Homeless Songs bounded clear to a 5 ½-length triumph in the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas (G1).
Off at 11-2 odds, Homeless Songs left Coolmore stablemates Tuesday, who was second as the 11-4 favorite, and Concert Hall, third, toiling in her wake as she finished the one-mile race in 1:38.81 on turf rated as good to yielding.
Weld recorded his fifth Irish 1,000 Guineas triumph with the daughter of Frankel, who relaxed off the early pace before progressing from three furlongs out. At the urging of jockey Chris Hayes, she uncoiled a torrid rally to lead a furlong out and stayed on strongly for the powerful open-length win.
A Moyglare Stud homebred, Homeless Songs tuned up for Sunday’s race with a one-length victory over Irish Guineas fifth Agartha in the seven-furlong Ballylinch Stud 1,000 Guineas Trial (G3) at Leopardstown April 22.
“My only concern was whether she could carry that speed over a mile, but she relaxed beautifully for Chris and he gave her a most perfect ride,” Weld told racingtv.com
“I said to Eva (Bucher-Haefner, of Moyglare) if she can carry that speed over a mile, she will win the Guineas.
“I’ll discuss it with Eva, but the Coronation (Stakes [G1]) at Royal Ascot would now be a definite possibility. She’s a great filly to have and the next day will tell us even more.
“She’s not the easiest to keep right, but when you have her right she is very good.”
Weld won his first Irish 1,000 Guineas 40 years ago with Prince’s Polly. He has posted 27 European classic wins overall.
“Every classic is very special and difficult to win,” he said. “(Homeless Songs) is a very special filly.”
Homeless Songs’ dam is the Dubawi mare Joailliere. She has won three races, including her debut last July at Leopardstown, from five career starts.