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Jet Setting Wins Gr1 Irish 1000 Guineas
Jet Setting (Fast Company-Mean Lae, by Johannesburg) pulled off the biggest upset of the British flat season thus far when denying hot favourite Minding in the Gr1 Irish 1000 Guineas (8 furlongs) at The Currgh in Ireland overnight. Trained by Adrian Keatley, Jet Setting prevailed by a head over Minding (Galileo-Lillie Langtry, by Danehill Dancer) after the pair pulled well clear of the rest of the field to battle it out all the way to the line on the rain affected ground. Such was the dominance of the first two across the line that they put a margin of ten lengths between themselves and the third placed Now Or Never (Bushranger-Queenofthefairies, by Pivotal). Jet Setting, who cost just £12,000 as a yearling, could now head to the Gr1 Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot next month. "She loves being in front and a bit of soft ground. She was unlucky at Newmarket, getting bumped in the final furlong, and the ground was too quick. She justified her supplementary fee today," said Keatley, who only began training in 2014. "She has an entry at Ascot. She wants a bit of ease in the ground so we'll have a look and go from there." Minding had excuses in defeat after reportedly banging her head in the stalls before the start. "Ryan said she anticipated the gate and banged her head, grazing the skin down the side of her face and nostril," trainer Aidan O'Brien said. "It's just one of those things and she ran very well but Adrian had his filly in super shape and Shane gave her a great ride." Jet Setting improved her record to 3 wins (including the Gr3 One Thousand Guineas Trial) and 3 placings from 9 starts for £174,310 earnings.