Frankie Dettori lights Newmarket after a dominant ride on Mother Earth in the 1,000 Guineas to take his fourth victory at the event and win his 20th British classic
- Frankie Dettori drove Mother Earth to victory with a length in the 1,000 Guineas
- Dettori left joint favorites Santa Barbara and Alcohol Free in its wake
- The Italian jockey is now just 10 behind Les Piggott for British classic victories
- Mother Earth’s trainer, Aiden O’Brien, however, had a poor 2,000 Guineas
- None of his sought-after runners made it into the top four for the first time since 2013
Frankie Dettori brought a sparsely populated Newmarket to life with a series of animated celebrations after bringing Mother Earth to long-term success in the Qipco 1,000 Guineas.
The 50-year-old’s delight was likely to be heard at Cambridge, such was his joy at winning a fourth 1,000 Guineas and 20th British classic on Aidan O’Brien’s trained 10-1 shot.
Behind Mother Earth – tipped by Sportsmail’s Robin Goodfellow (Sam Turner) – it was an overall finish with Saffron Beach, third Fev Rover, fourth Santa Barbara – the 5-2 favorite and Ryan Moore-ridden O’Brien first string – and fifth Alcohol Free, the other joint favorite.
Frankie Dettori couldn’t contain his joy after riding Mother Earth to victory at Newmarket
Mother Earth’s victory was a seventh in 1,000 Guineas for O’Brien and his fifth in the past six years.
But this first race weekend in May will be commemorated as a celebration of the seniors in the weighing room.
Dettori’s victory came 24 hours after 54-year-old Kevin Manning won the 2,000 Guineas with the Jim Bolger-trained Poetic Flare and the Bob Baffert-trained Medina Spirit won the Kentucky Derby at the hands of 49-year-old John Velasquez.
Dettori, the oldest jockey to succeed in the classic of the season’s first fillies since 50-year-old Charlie Smirke scored on Rose Royale in 1957, said: willing partner who would give me everything.
Aidan gave me confidence and said, “Forget Santa Barbara and run your own race.” ‘
‘It is my 20th British classic at the age of 50! I am now only 10 behind Lester Piggott and I have plenty of time. Lester was 56 (when he rode Rodrigo De Triano to win the 2000 Guineas 1992). Come on the oldies! I’m starting to get the knack of this thing now. It took me 30 years to realize what to do! ‘
O’Brien had a 2,000 Guineas to forget with his three sought-after runners who were not seeded as he failed to get a runner in the top four for the first time since 2013.
Aiden O’Brien performed surprisingly poorly in the 2,000 Guineas after the Dettori 1,000 Guineas win
Any idea he was out of shape lasted 24 hours as Mother Earth, running for the ninth time, flew two furlongs out into the lead. But his fears that the hugely touted first-time winner Santa Barbara could pay for her inexperience looked well-founded. It was only a second victory in her career for Mother Earth.
O’Brien, who plans to ride Derby ante-post favorite High Definition in Saturday’s Lingfield Derby Trial, said: ‘Mother Earth is a very consistent filly and that was very professional.
‘Mother Earth sticks to a mile and goes to the Irish 1,000 Guineas.
“It was unfair at Santa Barbara, but we had to come up with the idea of coming back here for the Oaks in Epsom.”