Dermot Weld’s Tahiyra had just two juvenile runs to her name heading into the event but had assumed favouritism following her impressive win in the Group 1 Moyglare Stakes at the Curragh. With nothing appearing to better that form in the interim, the mount of Chris Hayes was sent off a warm 6/4 shot on the day. Next in line was the sole entry from the Aidan O’Brien yard, Meditate. No match for Tahiyra in that Moyglare Stakes event, she was nevertheless a proven Group 1 performer at the distance, having landed the 2022 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ Turf.
Charlie Appleby’s Dream Of Love, and Ralph Beckett’s impressive Dubai Duty Free Stakes winner, Remarque, were the shortest priced of the home team, closely followed by Mawj, who arrived seeking a hattrick following two wins out in Meydan.
- 1st – Mawj 9/1, Jockey: Osin Murphy, Trainer: Saeed bin Suroor
- 2nd – Tahiyra 6/4F, Jockey: Chris Hayes, Trainer: Dermot Weld
- 3rd – Matilda Picotte 33/1, Jockey: Ronan Whelan, Trainer: Kieran Cotter
Prize Money Breakdown
- 1st – £283,550
- 2nd – £107,500
- 3rd – £53,800
- 4th – £26,800
- 5th – £13,450
- 6th – £6,750
Tote and Forecast Payouts
- Tote Win – £10
- Tote Places – 1st – £2.60, 2nd – £1.60. 3rd – £7.70
- Exacta – £31.70
- Computer Straight Forecast (CSF) – £22.18
- Trifecta – £814.70
- Tricast – £488.60
The field split into two distinct groups when the stalls opened; Matilda Picotte led the way up the far side, with Mawj at the head of affairs towards the stands. Tahiyra seemed to miss the break slightly but soon recovered to sit around five lengths off the pace in the near side group.
Moving past halfway, Matilda Picotte continued to bowl along under Ronan Whelan, opening up a two-length lead over the field. Mawj was still in front of her group, moving more towards the centre of the track, whilst Sweet Harmony was second overall, ploughing a lone furrow up the near side.
Coming out of the dip, Mawj went for home, finding another gear to claim the overall lead for the first time. However, Tahiyra immediately latched onto her tail, looking like a huge danger from out of the pack. It was hammer and tongs between the pair on a thrilling run to the line, Tahiyra hanging slightly and unable to get past the ultra-tough Mawj, who scored by half a length.
It was a third 1,000 Guineas success for Saeed bin Suroor, but the first since the victory of Kazzia back in 2002. For Oisin Murphy, this was a first victory in the opening fillies’ Classic of the season.
- 1. Caernarfon – SP: 25/1, Trainer: Jack Channon, Jockey: Connor Beasley
- 2. Dance In The Grass – SP: 200/1, Trainer: Charlie Johnston, Jockey: Joe Fanning
- 3. Dream Of Love – SP: 17/2, Trainer: Charlie Appleby, Jockey: William Buick
- 4. Embrace – SP: 66/1, Trainer: Owen Burrows, Jockey: Daniel Muscutt
- 5. Fairy Cross – SP: 33/1, Trainer: Charlie Appleby, Jockey: James Doyle
- 6. Karsavina – SP: 50/1, Trainer: Clive Cox, Jockey: Rossa Ryan
- 7. Lezoo – SP: 12/1, Trainer: Ralph Beckett, Jockey: Frankie Dettori
- 8. Mammas Girl – SP: 11/1, Trainer: Richard Hannon, Jockey: Kebvin Stott
- 9. Matilda Picotte – SP: 33/1, Trainer: Kieran Cotter, Jockey: Ronan Whelan
- 10. Mawj – SP: 9/1, Trainer: Saeed bin Suroor, Jockey: Oisin Murphy
- 11. Meditate – SP: 5/1, Trainer: Aidan O’Brien, Jockey: Ryan Moore
- 12. Naomi Lapaglia – SP: 80/1, Trainer: Richard Spencer, Jockey: Lieran Shoemark
- 13. Olivia Maralda – SP: 125/1, Trainer: Roger Varian, Jockey: David Egan
- 14. Polly Pott – SP: 66/1, Trainer: Ben Pauling, Jockey: Jim Crowley
- 15. Powerdress – SP: 66/1, Trainer: Richard Hannon, Jockey: Sean Levey
- 16. Queen Me – SP: 20/1, Trainer: Kevin Ryan, Jockey: Mickael Barzalona
- 17. Remarque – SP: 17/2, Trainer: Ralph Beckett, Jockey: Rob Hornby
- 18. Stenton Glider – SP: 50/1, Trainer: Hugo Palmer, Jockey: Andrea Atzeni
- 19. Sweet Harmony – SP: 200/1, Trainer: Richard Spencer, Jockey: Billy Loughnane
- 20. Tahiyra – SP: 6/4F, Trainer: Dermot Weld, Jockey: Chris Hayes