By Duane Fonseca
Frankie Dettori made optimum use of his knowledge of Newmarket’s Rowley Course as he steered Aidan O’Brien’s Mother Earth to a resounding success in the Group 1 1000 Guineas.
While Dettori claimed a fourth victory in the race, he brought about a seventh success, including third straight win for O’Brien, who won the last two renewals with Hermosa (2019) and Love (2020) respectively.
Dettori had won the race thrice before for Godolphin with Cape Verdi (1998), Kazzia (2002) and more recently in 2011 with Blue Bunting. Godolphin, however, were not involved this year. But Dettori was and what a ride he delivered aboard the daughter of Zoffany, who was second in last year’s Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Keeneland.
Frankie Dettori made optimum use of his knowledge of Newmarket’s Rowley Course as he steered Aidan O’Brien’s Mother Earth to a resounding success in the Group 1 1000 Guineas.https://t.co/yu19q5zYG0— aladiyatuae (@aladiyatuae) May 2, 2021
Mother Earth’s only previous Group level success had been when nicking the Group 2 Irish EBF Fillies’ Sprint Stakes at Naas on 4 July, but she was on top of her game with an absolute legend in the saddle.
Ridden by Dettori in the rear of the field, Mother Arrived started to make good progress arriving to challenge 400m out and with a bit of a push easily went to the front. She led with 300m left to run and won by a length to spare at the wire from Jane Chapple-Hyam’s Adam Kirby driven Saffron Beach. Richard Fahey’s Fev Rover was third, a further neck back in the hands of Paul Hanagan. Joint race favourites Santa Barbara and Alcohol Free were fourth and fifth.
“We can still do it! I’m delighted,” Dettori, 50, said referring to 54yo Kevin Manning’s success with Poetic Flare in the 2000 Guineas on Saturday.
“I followed Ryan and I kicked at the top of the hill as I knew she’d get home and she did. She’ll definitely get a mile and a quarter, she’s very easy to handle. She’s very relaxed, a professional. She’s not very big, but she’s got a big engine. I love it.”