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Who was your Star Performer of the Weekend?

The first Classics of the season took place this weekend, with the 1000 and 2000 Guineas at Newmarket headlining the racing action. Elsewhere, Goodwood had their first meeting of the season and the Punchestown Festival drew to a close.

The question is, who was your Star Performer of the Weekend and why?

On Saturday, Unequal Love opened the Newmarket card with a tidy victory, staying on well inside the final furlong to win by an eventual length over market leaders Funny Story and Star Guest. Liberty Lane claimed the third victory of his career, finishing strongly in the group on the far-side rail to win comfortably. In the Group 3 Palace House Stakes, seven horses finished within a length and a quarter of each other, with the first three home being separated by a neck. Seven Questions came out on top, returning at a massive 33/1 SP, ahead of Vadream and favourite Beautiful Diamond. In the 2000 Guineas, the powerhouse stable of Godolphin came out on top with Notable Speech, who was held up for the early running of the race, before taking up the lead with a furlong to go. William Buick never looked back from that point, going on to score by a length and a half.

At Punchestown on Saturday, Willie Mullins took home both Grade 1 contests, with Lossiemouth winning the Mares Champion Hurdle with ease, before Kargese ran on well following the last hurdle in the Champion Four Year Old race to win going away. 

Goodwood's Saturday card saw two Listed races take place, with Royal Dress providing a shock in the Conqueror Fillies' Stakes. James Tate's four year old ran on in the final furlong to head Novus, and just managed to hold off the Gary and Josh Moore filly to win by a short head. In the second Class 1 race of the day, Gather Ye Rosebuds prevailed in nice fashion, winning by just short of a length.

The fillies and mares took centre stage on Sunday at Newmarket, with the 1000 Guineas headlining the day's action. Prior to that, Friendly Soul put in a solid showing in the Listed Pretty Polly Stakes. John and Thady Gosden's filly was always one of the front runners in the race, and kicked on in the final furlong to pull away from odds on favourite Kalpana. Stay Alert turned over the second short priced favourite of the day in the second race, the Group 2 Dahlia Stakes. The five year old stayed on incredibly well in the closing stages of the race to win with relative ease over Running Lion, denying John and Thady Gosden a quickfire double in the process. In the 1000 Guineas, Elmaka claimed victory, despite running into trouble throughout the race. After being slow out of the gates, the Roger Varian filly raced in last for a large part of the early stages of the race. She began to make good headway within her group before being edged right and struggling to keep straight. She stayed on in great fashion to score by a neck to land the near £300,000 prize for connections.

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