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She did not lose her maiden tag until her third start but an encouraging debut for O’Brien led to her being an ante-post gamble for the Guineas and she delivered in style.
The market had been dominated by last year’s Fillies’ Mile winner Rhododendron but Ryan Moore’s mount found trouble in running while stablemate Winter powered up the middle of the track to win her first Group One race.
Winter, who had been trained by Wachman last year, has been partnered by Wayne Lordan on all five career starts and she provided the pilot with his first Classic winner on the Rowley Mile.
Lordan said: “It was a very strong field but she was staying on strongly when second in the Leopardstown trial last year so I was looking forward to her going up to a mile.
“I thought I had a good chance of her going well and I think there is every chance she will get a mile and a quarter, but after that I don’t know.”
Aidan O’Brien said: “David [Wachman] thought the world of her last year, he thought that she was a Classic filly for this year and she had a lovely run first time for us at Leopardstown, where Wayne, who know her form last year, gave her a great ride.
“She’s a big powerful filly and obviously she gets a mile very well, I think she’ll almost certainly get a mile and a quarter and after that we’ll have to see.”
Winter followed up in brilliant style in the Tattersalls-sponsored Irish 1000 Guineas and completed a hat-trick of Group 1 wins in 2017 with a more workmanlike success in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot before proving her versatility with victory over a mile and a quarter in the Qatar Nassau Stakes at Goodwood.
On her penultimate start she suffered a narrow defeat to Hydrangea, her stablemate, in the Group 1 Matron Stakes at Leopardstown, having missed some work in the build-up.
Winter then formed part of a five-strong team for Aidan O’Brien in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and was ridden by Ryan Moore.
However, she could finish only ninth and it will be no surprise if she drops back in trip next time.
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