Frankie Dettori swooped fast and late to claim the Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket with Blue Bunting for Godolphin and trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni.
In a race where all the fancied runners disappointed it was left to Dettori who timed his challenge to perfection on the 16-1 shot and nabbed the Aidan O Brien trained Together in the shadows of the post. Victory for Blue Bunting also gave her trainer his first success in a English Classic in only his second season as a trainer for the Godolphin operation.
The field were taking along by Hooray who set an honest gallop from the outset. Dettori had Blue Bunting travelling well at the back of the field and was content to sit off the pace.
As the race developed it was 33-1 outsider Together who made the dash for home first. Her jockey Colm O Donoghue kicked her into what looked like a winning position. She was pressed for the lead entering the final two furlongs by fellow outsider Maqaasid.
The pair looked to have it between them but Blue Bunting came flying down the stands rail and got up in the last few strides to claim victory.
A delighted Dettori said after the race “I’m delighted, it’s always a great feeling. She’s more of an Oaks filly and Mahmood said to me whatever she does today, she’ll be better over further and the Oaks is definitely the target for her.”
The biggest disappointment of the race was Memory who raced very lazily throughout the first part of the race and was eased up well before the finish