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Winter completes Guineas double for Aidan O'Brien

Winter ridden by Wayne Lordan (left) wins the Qipco 1000 Guineas Stakes
Winter ridden by Wayne Lordan (left) wins the Qipco 1000 Guineas Stakes

Winter and Wayne Lordan claimed glory in the Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket.

Trainer Aidan O'Brien, who landed the 2000 Guineas for an eighth time with Churchill on Saturday, fielded three runners in a bid to win the fillies' Classic.

Rhododendron was the 5-4 favourite in the hands of Ryan Moore, but while she endured a troubled passage, her stable companion Winter stayed out of trouble wide of the field.

Lordan guided the 9-1 shot to the front entering the final furlong and though Rhododendron came home strongly, Winter was away and gone and passed the post two lengths to the good.

Daban was best of the rest in third, another neck away.

Winter was having just her second start for O'Brien, having last year been in the care of the now-retired David Wachman.

Lordan said: "She travelled quite well. I went forward quite early because she's a filly that gallops and I knew the track would suit her.

"This means a lot. I'm very grateful to Aidan for letting me keep the ride on the filly."