Bargain buy Jet Setting beats Minding in Guineas

Jet Setting (Shane Foley, right)

Jet Setting and Shane Foley (right) beat Minding and Ryan Moore

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Report: Curragh, Sunday

Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas (Group 1) 1m, 3yo fillies

JUST like Galileo Gold in Saturday’s Irish 2,000 Guineas, Minding was unable to complete the Newmarket/Curragh double as the Adrian Keatley-trained 12,000 guineas purchase Jet Setting outbattled the 4-11 favourite, who reportedly banged her head in the stalls before the start, in a thrilling finish.

Jet Setting, who was supplemented at a cost of €30,000 after finishing ninth – almost nine lengths behind Minding – in the 1,000 Guineas, was held wide by Shane Foley rounding the bend and held a clear lead early in the straight.

As at Newmarket Ryan Moore was prominent on Minding, working his way through the gears and asking his mount for her full effort just before the two furlong marker.

But Jet Setting did not fade like those around her at Newmarket had, and instead – on rain softened ground – the pair fought it out all the way to the line with little more than the margin of victory, a head, between them throughout.

The ten lengths they pulled clear of the third, Now Or Never, suggested Minding produced a similarly strong finish – but Jet Setting, bought at the Tattersalls autumn horses in training sale last October from the Richard Hannon yard, proved more than a match.

“It’s a dream come true,” said Foley after landing his first Classic. “She’s a tough little filly and ran a blinder at Newmarket, the ground was too quick that day. I’ve been doing a rain dance all week, soft ground and a stiff mile is ideal.”

Royal Ascot a possibility

The winner was inserted at 8-1 by Paddy Power in their Coronation Stakes betting at Royal Ascot, while Minding was pushed out to 11-8 for the Investec Oaks at Epsom by Betfair’s sportsbook.

Keatley, who began training in 2014, suggested the going might determine his stable star’s next target. He said: “She loves being in front and a bit of soft ground. She was unlucky at Newmarket, getting bumped in the final furlong, and the ground was too quick. She justified her supplementary fee today.

“She has an entry at Ascot. She wants a bit of ease in the ground so we’ll have a look and go from there.”

Head banger

Minding’s trainer Aidan O’Brien was keen not to deflect any glory from the winner, but explaining the injury sustained by the favourite in the stalls, said: “Ryan said she anticipated the gate and banged her head, grazing the skin down the side of her face and nostril.

“It’s just one of those things and she ran very well but Adrian had his filly in super shape and Shane gave her a great ride.

“We were delighted to be second and hopefully she’ll be grand. Her sinus burst and the blood came down her nose and you can never know what kind of effect that has, but it obviously wasn’t a positive.”

On whether Minding will still go for the Oaks, O’Brien added: “It was a bit of an afterthought coming here, we skipped a piece of work and brought her here instead and I don’t think there will be any change of plan.”


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