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Mother Earth handed American mission after Santa Barbara setback
on 21 September 2021
Aidan O'Brien has had to juggle plans for two of his star fillies this year following an injury setback to Santa Barbara

Aidan O’Brien has been forced to juggle plans for his 1000 Guineas heroine Mother Earth after stablemate Santa Barbara met with a setback.

Mother Earth was due to head to Australia to take in the valuable Golden Eagle race next month, however, she is now set run in America instead.

Santa Barbara had won two Grade 1s on her last two outings in the States, the Belmont Oaks and the Beverly D Stakes, and would have been a strong fancy for many at the Breeders’ Cup.

Now it seems Mother Earth, who has also won the Prix Rothschild this season and was unlucky in the Matron Stakes last time out, could take her place. Mother Earth is also still a possible for the Sun Chariot at Newmarket before heading off on her travels.

“Unfortunately Santa Barbara has had a setback,” said O’Brien.

“It doesn’t look at the moment as if she’s going to make the Breeders’ Cup.

“We’ve now rerouted Mother Earth. She was going to go to Australia, but we’re thinking she’ll be going to America to take in some of the races that Santa Barbara could have run in.

“It’s a shame for Santa Barbara, she’d been going really well of late.”

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