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1000 Guineas Stakes (G1)

The fairer sex proved the stars across the world last year, Winx in Australia, Almond Eye in Japan, Monomoy Girl in America and Enable in Europe. All multiple G1 winners who also caught the public’s imagination.

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Will we see another star filly this year, one that could reach the heights achieved by those mares?

Almond Eye won the Japanese 1000 Guineas last year, adding the Japanese Oaks and St Leger later in the season. It’s been a long time since that has happened in England, 1985 to be precise when Sir Henry Cecil trained Oh So Sharp to win the Fillies Triple Crown.

Could the gap be bridged this year?

Qabala is favourite for the first leg, the 1000 Guineas tomorrow. Roger Varian’s filly won her maiden over 7F at the end of September punted from 11/2 to 7/2F. She won a head, safe to say they knew what they had. She reappeared in the Nell Gwyn Stakes and was an impressive winner coming through the pack to win going away. The issue is there was no early pace so did the run flatter to deceive?

She’ll be accompanied to the post by her stable companion Mot Juste, a G3 winner last year who ran second to her in the Nell Gwyn.

Next best of the English is Dadhnu who was also a trial winner at Newbury taking the Fred Darling a short head from Iconic Choice.

The Irish challenge is deep both numerically and in quality, Skitter Scatter, Iridessa, and Fairyland are all G1 winners.

As juveniles Skitter Scatter took the Moyglare for Patrick Prendergast at the Curragh 2 L from Lady Kaya over seven furlongs with Hermosa a further 1¼ L behind in a taking performance. She’s now under licence to John Oxx. Iridessa gave Joseph O’Brien his first G1 win in England taking the Fillies Mile from Hermosa by 1½ L while Fairyland for Aidan O’Brien took the Cheveley Park over 6F.

Roll on this year to Leopardstown for the 1000 Guineas Trial and it was Lady Kaya who put in the authoritative performance to beat Happen and Iridessa. No doubt the third will improve for the run but so will the winner.

Aidan O’Brien also runs two juvenile G2 winners in Just Wonderful and Fleeting. Just Wonderful, the Rockfel winner over 7F here will have Ryan Moore in the plate while Fleeting, the May Hill winner over a mile at Doncaster has been nibbled at in the market backed from 28/1 to 16/1 since this morning.

Sheila Lavery’s filly Lady Kaya is the fairy tale winner, from a small stable, purchased for buttons and owned within the trainers family she had 10 L to spare over Pink Dogwood last August, now favourite for the Oaks.

Her overall level of form gives her every chance and she’s had the experience of going to Newmarket for the Cheveley Park, albeit it wasn’t as pleasant as she would have liked, trying to make all she folded coming out of the dip to finish to finish sixth. She may well benefit from that now. By sprinter Dandy Man the trip is a concern though there was no sign of her weakening over 7F at Leopardstown.

She won’t win a triple crown but she might turn out to be a very nice miler.

Recommendation: Lady Kaya 14/1 win

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1000 Guineas Stakes (G1)

Embed from Getty Images Talaayeb winning at Newmarket last September. Picture courtesy of Alan Crowhurst and Getty Images.


Churchill did the business as expected in the 2000 Guineas and here in the 1000 Guineas Ballydoyle hold a strong hand again.

Rhododendron one of a trio from Fethard is the choice of Ryan Moore and heads the market at 6/4. Like Churchill she was beaten first time out. Rehana got the better of her in a maiden in last June at the Curragh then Aidan sent her to Goodwood to win her maiden. In mid August she contested the Debutante Stakes (G2) where she was a winning favourite by a head from Hydrangea with Intricately a further 1 1/4 L behind in third. Next time out in the Moyglare Stud Stakes (G1) Intricately had a short head over Hydrangea with Rhododendron 1 3/4 L behind in third.

She was asked to turn that defeat around in the Fillies Mile in September (G1) at Ascot which she duly did with a 2 1/4L win over Hydrangea on good to firm ground. She travelled sweetly relishing the conditions and the step up in trip. Both brought out the best in her and it’s no surprise to see her such a short price for this.

Fair Eva trained by Roger Charlton is a daughter of Frankel and will race in the same colours as her father. She is the second choice of the market at 6/1. She was a winner first time out at Haydock following up in the Princess Margret Stakes (G3) at Ascot. She was then sent off an odds on favourite in the Lowther (G2) in August where she was beaten by Queen Kindly and Roly Poly. In her last run she was again sent off favourite for the Rockfel Stakes (G2) where Spain Burg got the better of her by 1 1/4 L.

Closely followed in the market is Daban at 7/1. She’s only had two runs. A winter winner of her maiden at Kempton John Gosden’s filly came back in the spring to win the Nell Gwyn Stakes (G3) here at Newmarket when an unfancied 12/1 shot with Unforgettable Filly 3/4 L back in second and Poet’s Vanity 1 1/4L further back in third.

Talaayeb is a 12/1 shot. Sheik Hamden’s filly trained by Owen Burrows has only had the one run. In September at Newmarket she beat another Sheik Hamden filly who was favourite for the race in impressive style showing a nice turn of foot to win cosily. She could be anything.

Hydrangea has franked the Irish two year old form at Leopardstown in the 1000 Guineas Trial. She beat Winter a head with Intricately fourth beaten 1 1/2L. The form of the race is working out well.

On Monday at Naas Rehana (beat Rhododendron on her racecourse debut) boosted the Leopardstown form when she was an impressive winner of the Athasi Stakes (G3). Drumfad Bay eighth in the Leopardstown race also contributed to the form boost when she ran second to Doctor Geoff in the Tetrarch Stakes. This might explain why the money has come for Winter. She was available at 33/1 on Monday, since then a steady flow of cash has seen her price contract into 8/1.

There’s seems more depth to the Irish form than there is to the English. Hyendgea Leopardstown win stands up with the money suggesting that Winter has progressed best from the race however Rhododendron stands above the Leopardstown form for that Fillies mile performance and that puts her on top of the Irish team.

The home horse who could spoil the Ballydoyle party could be Talaayeb. She lacks experience but the bit she has came here at Newmarket. That day she relished the track and the ground was good to firm. Much like today.

Recommendation: Talaayeb 12/1 ew

Rhododendron and Talaayeb. (Reverse forecast)

1000 Guineas (Group 1)

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Twiggy Wiggy was a very fast two year old.

She was a winner of both the G2 Lowther Stakes at York and the G1 Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket over 6 F making her the champion two-year old filly last year.

Visually she put in the most impressive performance of any filly last year when beating Cursory Glance in the York run. That form was franked when Cursory Glance went to Ireland to beat the favourite here Lucida in the G1 Moyglare Stakes.

In her comeback run she stepped up to 7 F in the Fred Darling at Newbury but didn’t display the devastating acceleration she did last year trailing in an eased down third. She just didn’t fire at all on the day.

Maybe her stamina was stretched beyond it’s capacity. Maybe she hasn’t trained on or maybe she needed the run.

If you opt for the latter then the possibilities here open up for her.

The market opinion is she’s a sprinter which is reflected in her 20/1 price for this mile trip.

There’s no doubt the extra furlong will stretch her stamina even further but if Richard Hughes can relax her, tuck her in behind, preserve her turn of foot she might just have enough of that blistering pace left in reserve to pounce late.

She’s the class horse in the race and with no other outstanding candidate in the field she’s well worth backing at that overly generous big price.


Recommendation : Twiggy Wiggy 20/1 EW

QIPCO 1000 Guineas ( Group 1)

After Camelot’s very impressive performance Maybe will look nailed on to add the fillies version to the Ballydoyle treasure trove. She’s five from five having gone through the gears from maiden, listed, Group 3, Group 2 and in her final start taking the Group 1 Moyglare Stakes. The level of confidence from Ballydolye through the winter suggests they liked her more than they did Camelot. The ground is drying out at Newmarket which will suit her perfectly.

Impossible to beat. Maybe not.

There’s a particular strong Irish challenge behind her. Her stablemate Homecoming Queen won her trial at Leopardstown justifying her entry here. La Collina from Kevin Prendergast’s stable has only two pounds to find with Maybe on official ratings. She went down by 1/4 length to Maybe in the Silver Flash Stakes at Leopardstown and then went on to beat Power in the Phoenix Stakes . She ran below her best in her final run when going down 4 3/4 L to Maybe in the Moyglare. It was the worst run of her season and she’ll do better this time.

Lightening Pearl has the same amount of experience as Maybe and when they met in the Débutante Stakes in August 2 3/4 lengths separated them. She built on that winning the Round Tower by an easy 5 L before going on to Newmarket to take the Cheveley Park giving Ger Lyons a well deserved first Group 1. Jim Bolger sends Alla Speranza for her third run to back up the Irish challenge. Before he was a master with colts, remember, he was a master with fillies. She has only had two runs so it’s significant she has been sent to contest this.

The home team are represented by Discourse and Lyric Of Light for Godolphin. Both are unbeaten, Mickael Barzalona and Frankie Dettori ride respectfully. Frankie’s mount has won a Group 1 when taking the Fillies Mile last year while Discourse won the lesser Sweet Solera in easy style. There’s not a lot between them and jockey bookings no longer tell which is the more fancied. Between the two, Discourse might be the one. The supplemented Moonstone Magic won the Fred Darling to justify the expenditure on the entry fee but you’d imagine connections would have preferred today’s soft ground.

Mashoora, the French filly with Christophe Soumillon won the Prix Imprudence under an easy hands and heels ride and will continue her improvement. She will provide a serious threat.

The O’Brien filly justifies favouritism. She is the one to beat.

On the balance of form the ones who followed her home last year provide more value. La Collina hasn’t much to make up on her, she is a Group 1 winner who beat the colts. Lighting Pearl is also a Group 1 winner who improved on her two subsequent runs after her defeat by Maybe. At generally 20/1, maybe there both worth backing.