Aidan O’Brien first to sweep Guineas board as Winter triumphs at Curragh

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Aidan O’Brien became the first trainer to sweep the Guineas in England and in Ireland when Winter loped clear of her rivals in the 1,000 Guineas here on Sunday. Like her stablemate Churchill on Saturday, she was following up on an authoritative success in the Newmarket equivalent three weeks ago and, also like him, she is now an even-money favourite for a Royal Ascot race next month – in her case, the Coronation Stakes.

O’Brien has enjoyed so many such victories that even dedicated racing fans can hardly be expected to be thrilled by each one, especially when he wins yet another Irish Classic and when the winner is unbackably short, as Winter was at odds of 8-13. But the significance of this particular achievement should not be missed.

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