Irish 1000 Guineas next for Saffron Beach

The 1000 Guineas runner-up Saffron Beach might not race at next month's Oaks after being aimed at the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas by trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam.

The New Bay filly was a fine runner-up to Aidan O'Brien's Mother Earth in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, and will stick to a mile when she is in action next at the Curragh on May 23.

Chapple-Hyam said: "We have decided to run Saffron Beach in the Irish 1,000 Guineas.

"She has been left in the Oaks in case anything happened in Ireland or Government rules changed, because living in Covid times things like that can happen.

"The owners are all on the same page and are keen to send her to Ireland - where Adam (Kirby) will ride her."

The Suffolk trainer hopes conditions will suit Saffron Beach ideally.

"Her pedigree suggests a mile and the Curragh is a harder mile than it would be here at Newmarket," she added.

"A bit of juice in the ground she won't mind - we saw how well she ran on ground like that last year. We are there to give it a go.

"Aidan (O'Brien) is likely to have (Irish 1,000 Guineas Trial winner) Joan Of Arc and a few other bouncers and bodyguards from Ballydoyle - but she is a big girl and she will hold her own.

"She is not petite. She is a solid beast.

"She has had no issues since Newmarket, and her training has been fine and we are now looking forward to Sunday week."