05/01/2005 12:00AM

Virginia Waters completes classic double


Virginia Waters gave Aidan O'Brien, Mrs. John Magnier and Kieren Fallon a classic double at Newmarket on Sunday with a devastating 2 1/2-length triumph in the $617,000 1000 Guineas Stakes.

The Kentucky-bred daughter of Kingmambo was following up on the O'Brien-trained, Fallon-ridden and Magnier/Tabor-owned Footstepsinthesand, who had won Saturday's 2000 Guineas. Group 3 placed in Ireland at two, Virginia Waters had served notice that she would be a threat in the 1000 Guineas with a brilliant 3-lengths score in the Leopardstown 1000 Guineas Trial in her seasonal debut. She was, however, allowed to get away at 12-1. In defeating the 5-1 favorite Maids Causeway, she covered the mile on good to firm ground in 1:36.52. Vista Bella was third while Nell Gwyn Stakes winner Karen's Caper came home fourth.

The last time the same trainer, owner and jockey combined to land both the 2000 Guineas and the 1000 Guineas in the same year was in 1942, when a pair of British racing legends, trainer Fred Darling and jockey Gordon Richards did it with Big Game in the 2000 and Sun Chariot in the 1000. Both of those horses were owned by King George VI.

Virginia Waters also completed a raceday triple for his sire Kingmambo, who is the sire of 1 1/2-mile Group 2 Jockey Club Stakes winner Alkaased, and 1 1/8-mile Group 3 Dahlia Stakes winner Tarfah.

At Saint-Cloud, the Ralf Suerland-trained German invader Martillo defended his one-mile Group 2 Prix du Muguet title with a 1 1/2-length victory over British invader Autumn Glory. Among the vanquished were Group 1 winners Whipper (third) and Keltos (eighth). Cacique finished fifth, 3 1/4 lengths behind while Grey Lilas was a late scratch. Martillo traveled the mile under Stephane Pasquier in 1:37.50 on good to soft ground.

Makybe Diva, two-time winner of the Melbourne Cup, could not transpose her Australian magic to Japan as she came home seventh, beaten 4 1/2 lengths by the 34-1 Suzuka Mambo in the $2.45 million Grade 1 Spring Tenno Sho, or Emperor's Cup, at Kyoto on Sunday. The victorious 4-year-old son of Sunday Silence, trained by Mitsuru Hashida and ridden by Katsumi Ando, covered the two miles on firm ground in 3:16.50 in defeating runner-up Big Gold by 1 1/2 lengths with Eye Popper a nose behind in third.