O'Brien, Fallon, Coolmore Guineas double at Newmarket

Riding his luck, Kieren Fallon, who only rode Virginia Waters in the 1000 Guineas because his original mount, former ante-post favourite Damson, scoped badly after her final workout, was in high spirits after emulating Lester Piggott (1970) by completing the classic double at Newmarket, England, on Sunday.

Virginia Waters, impressive winner of the 1000 Guineas, is not entered in the Vodafone Oaks, but Aidan O’Brien, on a high after completing the Newmarket classic double, intimated that Sue Magnier’s filly could well be supplemented for Epsom, for which she is a top-priced 6/1 favourite with Cashmans.


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 Guineas and I was also worried about the ground as she has been galloping in the soft at home.


“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 Ireland.


“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 York, things are still going great I will spend more time at home and try and become champion jockey in Ireland. That would be a big honour.”


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 Guineas filly.


“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 Ireland was bad last month, and he is such an asset to the team.”


Aidan O’Brien and Kieren Fallon became the first trainer/jockey to complete the 2000 Guineas/ 1000 Guineas since Noel Murless and George Moore attained this remarkable double with Royal Palace and Fleet in 1967. Royal Palace and Fleet were not however owned by the same person. Royal Palace was the property of Jim Joel, while Fleet belonged to R C Boucher.


The last owner, trainer and jockey combination to be successful in the 2000 Guineas was His Majesty King George VI, Fred Darling and Gordon Richards in 1942 with Big Game and Sun Chariot who were both leased from the National Stud.


Footstepsinthesand, yesterday’s 2000 Guineas winner, and Virginia Waters, today’s 1000 Guineas scorer, are both owned by Michael Tabor and Sue Magnier. They are the first owners to win the 2000 Guineas and 1000 Guineas in the same year since Prince Aly Khan prevailed with the Alec Head-trained Taboun, and Petite Etoile, trained by Noel Murless, in 1959.


The great Lester Piggott was the last rider to win the 2000 Guineas and 1000 Guineas in the same year for different trainers. The long fellow won the 2000 Guineas on Vincent O’Brien’s Nijinsky and the fillies’ equivalent on Humble Duty, trained by Peter Walwyn, in 1970.


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 Guineas.


“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.” 1000 Guineas £320,000 total prize fund, 1600m, Group 1, Class 1, 3yo fillies. values: 1st: £198,650; 2nd: £75,350; 3rd: £37,675; 4th: £17,125; 5th: £8,562,50; 6th: £5,137.50

1 VIRGINIA WATERS (Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-9-00 Kieren Fallon [1] 12/1
2 MAIDS CAUSEWAY (Martin S Schwartz) Barry Hills 3-9-00 Michael Hills [8] 5/1 Fav
3 VISTA BELLA (Sheikh Mohammed) Michael Jarvis 3-9-00 Philip Robinson [14] 12/1
4 KAREN'S CAPER (Stonerside Stables LLC) John Gosden 3-9-00 Jimmy Fortune [21]
5 CAPE COLUMBINE (Mrs R F Lowe) David Elsworth 3-9-00 Richard Quinn [3]
6 SAOIRE (Joseph Joyce) Frances Crowley 3-9-00 Jamie Spencer [17]
7 PICTAVIA (Maktoum Al Maktoum) Jim Bolger IRE 3-9-00 Kevin Manning [20]
8 BAHIA BREEZE (F Nowell) Rae Guest 3-9-00 Chris Catlin [11]
9 ECHELON (Cheveley Park Stud) Sir Michael Stoute 3-9-00 Robert Winston [2]
10 FEN SHUI (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 3-9-00 Kerrin McEvoy [4]
11 GOLDEN LEGACY (Noel and Glen Devlin) Richard Fahey 3-9-00 Paul Hanagan [7]
12 FAVOURITA (Wyck Hall Stud) Clive Brittain 3-9-00 Darryll Holland [16]
13 JOINT ASPIRATION (Ridgeway Downs Racing) Mick Channon 3-9-00 Ted Durcan [18]
14 SLIP DANCE (M McLoughlin) Eamonn Tyrrell IRE 3-9-00 Eddie Ahern [13]
15 SIMPLY SUNSHINE (Dr D B Davis) David Elsworth 3-9-00 John Egan [5]
16 PENKENNA PRINCESS (Mrs Simon Chamberlain) Ralph Beckett 3-9-00 Seb Sanders [15]
17 SATIN KISS (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 3-9-00 Frankie Dettori [6]
18 LOVE THIRTY (John Livock Bloodstock Ltd) Mick Channon 3-9-00 Richard Hughes [10]
19 SHANGHAI LILY (Cheveley Park Stud) Sir Michael Stoute 3-9-00 Johnny Murtagh [12]
20 MARKET TREND (Maktoum Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 3-9-00 Kevin Darley [19]

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