1000 Guineas Trial: Homeless Songs in tune at Leopardstown for Dermot Weld with Sacred Bridge just fourth | Race News


Homeless Songs put a few disappointing races behind her with a smart performance to win the Ballylinch Stud “Priory Belle” 1,000 Guineas Trial Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday.

The Dermot Weld filly had looked an exciting prospect beating Agartha on her debut here in July, but two subsequent outings did not go as hoped.

She was, however, back to her racecourse arc form, as Frankel’s daughter displayed a gripping turn of foot as she swept forward, denying old rival Agartha by a length – who were awarded a penalty.

Villanova Queen was still three-quarters of a length in third, with favorite Sacred Bridge having to change when Homeless Songs (6/1) and Chris Hayes made their move, fourth.

The reaction from the bookmakers was positive, with Betfair and Paddy Power narrowing the winner down to 12/1 against 33/1 for the Qipco 1000 Guineas.

“It was a really good performance, she worked extremely well and Chris gave her a very confident ride,” Weld said.

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Homeless Songs has entries in the English and Irish 1000 Guineas

“We need to speak with her owner Eva Maria Haefner and see where we go with her. She is in both the English and Irish 1,000 Guineas.

“She’s got a lot of pace and she’s able to carry it. It was seven furlongs today and I would be hopeful she could carry it a mile.

“We’ll see how she comes out of the race and then we’ll decide where we go next. We just wanted to see how we got here today. I thought it was very professional, her performance today.

“Chris took his time with her, she settled in well, and he rode her for speed. You saw the pace she has, she really settled it in three strides.”

He added: “It was a very good renewal, the level of the fillies in the race was very high. Chris said she just took a hit going to the line, he was still very comfortable. “




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