Friday 15 December 2017

Bargain basement Jet Setting upsets Aidan O'Brien's Minding to claim 1,000 Guineas glory

Jet Setting ridden by Shane Foley (front) goes on to win the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas ahead of Minding ridden by Ryan Moore during day two of the Tattersalls Irish Guineas Festival at the Curragh
Jet Setting ridden by Shane Foley (front) goes on to win the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas ahead of Minding ridden by Ryan Moore during day two of the Tattersalls Irish Guineas Festival at the Curragh
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Jet Setting inflicted a shock defeat on Minding in the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Minding was a red-hot 4-11 favourite following her runaway victory in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket three weeks ago.

Jet Setting (9-1), trained by Adrian Keatley and purchased for just €12,000 last year, was back in ninth at Newmarket, but emphatically reversed the form under Shane Foley to claim Classic glory by a head, with Now Or Never 10 lengths back in third.

The winner was supplemented for the race on Monday at a cost of €30,000.

"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."

Minding was originally scheduled to bypass the Curragh and head straight to the Investec Oaks at Epsom, but was drafted in at the last minute after stable companion Ballydoyle, the runner-up at Newmarket, returned unsatisfactory blood tests on Friday.

Everything appeared to be going according to plan for the three-times Group One winner for much of the contest, with stable companion Pretty Perfect and Jet Setting giving her a nice lead into the straight.

However, Jet Setting found another gear passing the four-furlong marker and it was soon obvious Minding would have her work cut out to reel her in.

Ryan Moore went for everything inside the final furlong and Minding responded to set up a grandstand finish.

The pair had raced clear of the field as the post loomed large and while Minding appeared to be getting the better of the argument at one stage, Jet Setting would not be denied.

Jet Setting holds an entry in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot, but Keatley is keen to assess conditions in Berkshire before making a firm commitment.

He said: "It's a dream. 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.

"She did something similar to what she did in Leopardstown (when successful in a Guineas trial). She likes being in front and having daylight around her.

"She probably wouldn't go to Ascot if it was very fast but if there was a bit of ease she might. We'll consider it and have a look.

"If she's that good at a mile why would we try and change anything?"

O'Brien revealed Minding had suffered a minor injury, but could still head to Epsom.

"She hit her head on the stalls before they opened and burst her sinus. Ryan said she anticipated it before the gates opened," said the trainer.

"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, any way.

"We won't take 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."

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