05/22/2016 1:42PM

Jet Setting scores 9-1 upset in Irish 1000 Guineas


Jet Setting, a filly purchased for approximately $17,400 last fall, won Sunday’s $336,300 Irish 1000 Guineas over 4-11 favorite Minding at The Curragh. The win gave trainer Adrian Keatley his first Group 1 win in his third year of training.

Ridden by Shane Foley, Jet Setting (9-1) finished a head in front of Minding, who struck her head on the starting gate before the start, trainer Aidan O’Brien said. Jet Setting was always near the front in the one-mile turf race and held off a sustained threat from Minding, the winner of the English 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 1.

Now or Never finished third, 10 lengths behind Jet Setting.

Owned by the Equinegrowthpartners Syndicate, Jet Setting, by Fast Company, was supplemented for the Irish 1000 Guineas for approximately $33,900. She was purchased at the Tattersalls horses in training sale in England last fall.

Keatley, 33, is a former assistant to Oliver McKiernan who began training on his own in 2014. His stable has flat and jump racing horses.

Jet Setting has won 3 of 9 starts. For most of her 2-year-old season, she was trained in England by Richard Hannon Jr. before being acquired by the Equinegrowthpartners Syndicate. Earlier this spring, Jet Setting won the Group 3 Leopardstown 1000 Guineas Trial in Ireland, but was ninth behind Minding in the English 1000 Guineas.

Keatley said the $580,000 Coronation Stakes, a Group 1 for 3-year-old fillies at a mile at Royal Ascot on June 17 will be considered. O’Brien said Minding remains a candidate for the Group 1 English Oaks at 1 1/2 miles for 3-year-old fillies at Epsom Downs on June 3.

O’Brien had odds-on favorites in the two Group 1 races at The Curragh on Sunday, but did not have a winner. In the $280,275 Tattersalls Gold Cup, Fascinating Rock (9-4) finished 3 3/4 lengths in front of Found, the 8-15 favorite who won the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Keeneland last October.

Fascinating Rock, ridden by Pat Smullen for trainer Dermot Weld, was always near the pace and pulled away in the final furlong. Found finished 1 1/4 lengths in front of 8-1 Success Days in a field of six.

The turf course at The Curragh was rated yielding to soft on Sunday and the conditions led to the withdrawal of two prominent runners from the Tattersalls Gold Cup – Time Test, a two-time group stakes last year who was 10th behind Tepin in the BC Mile at Keeneland last October; and The Grey Gatsby, the winner of the 2014 French Derby.

Japan: Sinhalite scores in Japanese Oaks

Sinhalite, a Deep Impact filly out of Singhalese, the winner of the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks in 2005, won Sunday’s $1.955 million Japanese Oaks for 3-year-old fillies at Tokyo Racecourse.

Sinhalite, the even-money favorite, closed from fifth in a field of 18 under jockey Kenichi Ikezoe to win the Grade 1 Japanese Oaks at 1 1/2 miles on turf by a neck over 3-1 Cecchino. Biche (18-1) finished third, beaten three-quarters of a length.

Ikezoe said Sinhalite missed the start slightly. He said the filly raced in traffic without incident, which allowed him to save ground.

“Once escaping the crowd, she responded really well and switched into gear,” he said.

Sinhalite was second by a nose in the Grade 1 Japanese 1000 Guineas at a mile on turf at Hanshin Racecourse on April 10. The filly has won 4 of 5 starts for U. Carrot Farm and trainer Sei Ishizaka. The Japanese Oaks was Sinhalite’s first win in a Grade 1.