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Homecoming Queen - Newmarket 06.05.2012

Homecoming Queen wins 1,000 Guineas by the biggest margin since 1859

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Homecoming Queen blitzes Guineas rivals

Report: Newmarket, Sunday

Qipco 1,000 Guineas Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1) 1m, 3yo fillies only

HOMECOMING QUEEN was a surprise winner of the 1,000 Guineas, with the 25-1 shot jumping out quickest and leading from start to finish to rout her rivals by nine lengths.

The winning distance was the second biggest in 1,000 Guineas history as Homecoming Queen, having her 14th start, put her experience to good use to cap a remarkable weekend for trainer Aidan O'Brien, who won the 2,000 Guineas on Saturday with Camelot.

Whereas Camelot sliced through the pack late, Homecoming Queen lead throughout, travelling strongly a length or two clear of the field in the early stages before pulling away in emphatic fashion when asked for her effort.

"I thought I was going a stride to quickly," said winning jockey Ryan Moore. "Aidan had her very fit and well, she just kept going for me. There's not much of her, but she tries very hard."

There was drama before the off with Gray Pearl, who was later put down, getting trapped under the stalls, which delayed the start by almost half an hour.

But once the stalls opened only one horse was ever in contention with Homecoming Queen blitzing her rivals in devastating fashion.

Starscope stayed on for second at 33-1, with favourite Maybe losing her unbeaten record back in third.

O'Brien, who has ended a four year wait for a British Classic with a memorable double, said of the winner: "She's a hardy, tough filly who improved a ton from her first race to her second this season. She's got a great pedigree as a sister to Dylan Thomas who progressed and progressed.

"Joseph [O'Brien] said this filly has a massive engine after her win at the Curragh."

O'Brien added that the slow ground and race fitness might have given the winner the edge over her more fancied stablemate Maybe.

Mayonaise is the only filly to have won the 1,000 Guineas by further, having won by 20 lengths in 1859 and bookmakers have reacted to the victory by making Homecoming Queen as short as 4-1 for the Investec Oaks, although she is a best-priced 7-1 with Ladbrokes.

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