O’Brien-Trained Mother Earth Very Game In Prix Rothschild

The Prix Rothschild, a Group 1 race restricted to fillies and mares, and run over one mile on the straight course at La Touques racecourse, kick-started the 2021 Deauville Barrière Meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 3rd. After a superb battle, it was the Irish filly Mother Earth who carried the day at the main expense of the French pair, Sagamiyra and Speak of the Devil. The first four home finished within half a length of each other.

Mother Earth (Zoffany) didn’t have the clearest of runs but the 3-year-old filly showed great courage to fend off all comers. Carrying the label of the Coolmore, the international powerhouse, Mother Earth already won the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket in May, a classic race which seeks to determine the best future breeding prospects. She followed this up with three excellent performances, having finished second in the Emirates Poule d’Essai des Pouliches, and third in both the Coronation Stakes and Falmouth Stakes – three very prestigious Group 1 events.

“She’s very tough and very consistent,” trainer Aidan O’Brien said of Mother Earth. “Ryan [Moore] gave her a lovely ride and she is very  professional. We are very lucky in France this year, Ioritz [Mendizabal] gave our horses some great rides as did Ryan today and we are very lucky to have some very well bred horses. Mother Earth has a great mind. She travels very well, she settles very well and she quickens very well. She is a very good filly. We think the mile is really her trip as she travels really well. Sometimes, when she goes to the front, she waits a little bit but the mile is her perfect trip, we think, at the moment.

“I don’t think she needs a break: she is very professional and she takes her races very well and loves racing. Her races are spaced out nice that far and she has come from her races very well. The Matron or the Moulin could be options, she is on all those races. We will see how she comes from this one before picking the next one. She is very versatile regarding the ground so America could be an option and she was second there last year.”

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