Riding his luck, Kieren Fallon, who only rode Virginia Waters in the UltimatePoker.com 1000
Virginia Waters, impressive winner of the UltimatePoker.com 1000
Fallon said: “I was confident that Footstepsinthesand would win the colts’ classic, but this has come as a bonus.
“Virginia Waters has been doing good work at home and has progressed well since she won her trial at Leopardstown, but this was a tough
“However, you had to be impressed with the way she quickened up. She relaxed and went to sleep at the back, but she changed gear running downhill and won really well.
“She has a fabulous attitude for a filly, and there must be a chance she will stay the Oaks distance. She has so much toe, but she is bred to get further and she was certainly not stopping out there.
“It has been a fantastic start to my new job. I am really enjoying the game so much more now that I back in
“I was getting a bit stale and there was too much happening in my life. I needed to get away, but I have been getting so much encouragement from everybody at Ballydoyle and they are a great team to work for.
“I am 40, but the way I feel now I could go on for another 10 years. My ambition at the start of the season was to ride one classic winner. I’ve already ridden two and, if after
O’Brien said: “Kitty O’Shea was our Oaks filly, but she is on the easy list and will need three weeks box rest, so that has ruled out a prep-race.
“If she does go to Epsom she will have to go straight there, and then only if everything goes without a hitch when she resumes exercise.
“However, Virginia Waters could well deputise if the boys decide to supplement her. She is out of a Sadler’s Wells mare, and she is more relaxed than she was last year, which gives us hope that she could stay.
“Kieren (Fallon) gave her a lovely ride. He has always been very positive about this filly and, after Leopardstown, I asked him if he thought she was a
“He told me that he would need to ride her again in work before he could answer, but after her next piece of exercise he gave the thumbs up.
“Kieren is totally committed and is a great horseman. He minded the horses when the ground in
Aidan O’Brien and Kieren Fallon became the first trainer/jockey to complete the UltimatePoker.com 2000
The last owner, trainer and jockey combination to be successful in the 2000
Footstepsinthesand, yesterday’s UltimatePoker.com 2000
The great Lester Piggott was the last rider to win the 2000
Barry Hills had predicted a big run from 5/1 favourite Maids Causeway and he was not far wrong as his filly found just Virginia Waters two and a half lengths too strong.
Hills said: “That was perfect and she’s run a great race - she’s just been beaten by a better horse, who came by and won it in a stride. Our filly has beaten the rest fair and square and this was probably a better race than the 2000
“She could go for the Irish 1,000 Guineas or the Coronation Stakes - I’d like to run her over a mile and two furlongs but not until the second half of the year. She’s not in the Oaks or the French Oaks but she could be supplemented.
“If we played our cards right, we could come back and win the Champion Stakes here.”
Michael Jarvis, trainer of third-placed Vista Bella, a further half a length away, said: “She’s run a great race - I felt that she was a very good filly even when she won her maiden on the all-weather.
“I was worried about the ground and I think that she showed her lack of racing experience today, getting left behind. But when she hit the rising ground she picked up well.
“I think that she will definitely get a mile and two furlongs. The Curragh would suit her and she could be supplemented for the Irish 1,000 Guineas - I’ll have to talk to the owner.
“I couldn’t be more pleased with her.”
1 VIRGINIA WATERS (Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-9-00 Kieren Fallon  12/1
2 MAIDS CAUSEWAY (Martin S Schwartz) Barry Hills 3-9-00 Michael Hills  5/1 Fav
3 VISTA BELLA (Sheikh Mohammed) Michael Jarvis 3-9-00 Philip Robinson  12/1
4 KAREN'S CAPER (Stonerside Stables LLC) John Gosden 3-9-00 Jimmy Fortune 
5 CAPE COLUMBINE (Mrs R F Lowe) David Elsworth 3-9-00 Richard Quinn 
6 SAOIRE (Joseph Joyce) Frances Crowley 3-9-00 Jamie Spencer 
7 PICTAVIA (Maktoum Al Maktoum) Jim Bolger IRE 3-9-00 Kevin Manning 
8 BAHIA BREEZE (F Nowell) Rae Guest 3-9-00 Chris Catlin 
9 ECHELON (Cheveley Park Stud) Sir Michael Stoute 3-9-00 Robert Winston 
10 FEN SHUI (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 3-9-00 Kerrin McEvoy 
11 GOLDEN LEGACY (Noel and Glen Devlin) Richard Fahey 3-9-00 Paul Hanagan 
12 FAVOURITA (Wyck Hall Stud) Clive Brittain 3-9-00 Darryll Holland 
13 JOINT ASPIRATION (Ridgeway Downs Racing) Mick Channon 3-9-00 Ted Durcan 
14 SLIP DANCE (M McLoughlin) Eamonn Tyrrell IRE 3-9-00 Eddie Ahern 
15 SIMPLY SUNSHINE (Dr D B Davis) David Elsworth 3-9-00 John Egan 
16 PENKENNA PRINCESS (Mrs Simon Chamberlain) Ralph Beckett 3-9-00 Seb Sanders 
17 SATIN KISS (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 3-9-00 Frankie Dettori 
18 LOVE THIRTY (John Livock Bloodstock Ltd) Mick Channon 3-9-00 Richard Hughes 
19 SHANGHAI LILY (Cheveley Park Stud) Sir Michael Stoute 3-9-00 Johnny Murtagh 
20 MARKET TREND (Maktoum Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 3-9-00 Kevin Darley 
20 ran, Non Runner 19 SQUAW DANCE (Ground)
Breeding: Kingmambo (USA) - Legend Maker (IRE) (Sadler’s Wells) Breeder: Barnett Enterprises in USA
Distances: 2 1/2, 1/2, 3/4, sh, 3/4, nk, 1/2, 2, 3/4, 2, 1/2, nk, 1/2, 6, 3, 3/4, sh, 17, 2 1/2 Time: 1m 36.52s