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Monday 23rd May 2022

Irish 1,000 Guineas: Homeless Songs storms to victory at the Curragh

Homeless Songs took a comprehensive victory in the Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh.

Ridden by Chris Hayes, Homeless Songs was with the front runners from the off and powered clear in the closing stages to win unchallenged.

It is a first 1,000 Guineas win for trainer Dermot Weld since 2010 and his fifth overall.

Tuesday, favourite heading into the race, was second ahead of Concert Hall in the one-mile Grade One event.

Successful in the Group Three trial for this race at the Leopardstown Festival in April, Homeless Songs came from three lengths back to take a commanding win.

It looked like Tuesday, the favourite trained by Aidan O'Brien, was best placed as she moved into the lead on to the home straight.

But Homeless Songs, daughter of Frankel, sitting at the back of the leading bunch of fillies, powered past the field to win.


 

Rachael Blackmore rides Honeysuckle to Punchestown Champion Hurdle triumph

Rachael Blackmore and Honeysuckle achieved another big-race success as the star mare won a second successive Punchestown Champion Hurdle.

After another dominant Champion Hurdle triumph at Cheltenham, Honeysuckle was a 1-5 favourite to extend her perfect race record to 16 wins.

The Henry de Bromhead-trained mare finished three lengths clear of Willie Mullins' 18-1 shot Echoes In Rain.

Joseph O'Brien's Darasso was third with another Mullins horse Saint Roi fourth.

Blackmore's victory in the big race on day four of the Punchestown Festival continued her incredible season after a Cheltenham double, when she added Gold Cup success on A Plus Tard to her Champion Hurdle triumph with Honeysuckle - in addition to achieving a third straight Irish Champion Hurdle win in February.


 

Queen included in Flat racing's British Champion Series Hall of Fame

The Queen has been recognised for her contribution to British Flat racing by being inducted into the Qipco British Champions Series Hall of Fame.

She is the first person to be included in the Special Contributor category.

A genuine racing enthusiast and a passionate fan of the sport all her life, she is also a successful owner and breeder.

Her famous purple, gold braid and scarlet colours have recorded more than 1,800 winners.

The Queen's first victory was with Monaveen over jumps at Fontwell Park in 1949 and she was twice champion Flat owner in 1954 and 1957.

She has also bred and owned the winner of every British Classic - 2,000 Guineas, 1,000 Guineas, the Oaks and the St Leger - apart from The Derby.

In 1957, Carrozza was a short-head winner of the Oaks when ridden by Lester Piggott, and the following year Pall Mall provided a surprise 2,000 Guineas success at 20-1.

During the Queen's Silver Jubilee year in 1977, the Dick Hern-trained Dunfermline won both the Oaks and the St Leger, one of just four horses to do this double in the last 50 years.


 

Sonnyboyliston wins Ebor Handicap in photo finish

Sonnyboyliston edged out Quickthorn in a photo finish to win the Ebor Handicap at York.

The four-year-old 10-1 shot, ridden by Ben Coen, settled in the pack in the early stages of the race as Blue Cup and Humanitarian ran a couple of lengths clear.

But, challenging down the middle, Sonnyboyliston pulled into the lead on the final furlong.

Pre-race favourite Hamish was earlier declared a non-runner on account of the going.


 

The Oaks: Frankie Dettori rides Snowfall to record victory

Frankie Dettori rode Snowfall through the rain to win the Oaks at Epsom - his sixth victory in the race.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained horse won by a record 16 lengths, breaking the previous record of 12 lengths set by Sun Princess in 1983.

Mystery Angel finished second, ahead of winner's stablemate Divinely in third.

It was a 40th British Classic triumph for O'Brien, who trains Saturday's Derby favourite Bolshoi Ballet.

Earlier, Martin Dwyer rode Pyledriver to victory in the Coronation Cup.


 

Dettori wins 1000 Guineas for fourth time on Mother Earth

Frankie Dettori won the 1,000 Guineas for the fourth time with a convincing victory on Mother Earth at Newmarket.

It is a third straight 1,000 Guineas win for trainer Aiden O'Brien, who previously had success with Hermosa and Love, and becomes the first trainer to achieve the feat since 1918.

Mother Earth was chased home by Saffron Beach and Fev Rover, with 5-2 joint-favourite Santa Barbara fourth.

It was also O'Brien's fifth 1,000 Guineas victory in the past six years.