Homecoming Queen gunning for double this summer

Updated: May 24, 2012

Homecoming Queen will add to her impressive success in the English 1,000 Guineas.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained filly attempts a Classic follow up when she faces a maximum of 13 hopefuls in the featured Etihad Airways Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh on Sunday, 27th May.

The daughter of Holy Roman Emperor made every yard of the running at Newmarket and, clear from the two furlong marker, she came home unchallenged to beat Starscope and stable companion Maybe by nine lengths and one length with La Colina back in fifth place. O’Brien, who won this race for the first time with Classic Park in 1997 and has since scored with Imagine (2001), Yesterday (2003) Halfway To Heaven (2008) and Misty For Me 12 months ago, has also left After, Devotion, Ishvana, Maybe, Soon and Wonderful in Sunday’s race.

Yellow Rosebud staked her claim for top honours on Sunday with a solid victory in the Derrinstown Stud 1,000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown earlier in the month when she had Devotion (second), Soon (sixth) and Princess Sinéad (10th) behind her.  Dermot Weld, who saddled Prince’s Polly (1982) and Trusted Partner (1988) to land this prestigious prize, has always held Yellow Rosebud in high esteem and the daughter of Jeremy won’t be far away. The Mick Channon-trained Samitar is the only overseas challenger, while Jim Bolger is double handed with Cleofila and Janey Muddles.

The betting market on the race is approximately as follows 6/4 Homecoming Queen and Maybe (with a run), 100/30 Yellow Rosebud, 7/1 La Colina, 9/1 After, 10/1 Devotion, 16/1 Ishvana and Samitar, 20/1 bar.

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