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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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The 2000 Guineas Stakes (G1)

We’re already well into the worldwide G1 pattern racing season, you can track it here, Winx and Beauty Generation top the PRWC Horse 2019 standings after lighting up the early part of the year with three G1’s each.

We kicked off the G1 European season last Sunday in the Prix Ganay and this week we move to Newmarket for Guineas weekend. In America Churchill Downs hosts the Kentucky Oaks and Derby.

Will we see a top-class three-year-old this year?

One capable of bouncing from one G1 to another remaining unbeaten from here to the end of the season, one capable of stepping up from a mile to 10f and then to a mile and a half, one capable of taking on and beating the older generation over those longer trips?

It’s a decade since Sea The Stars.

As is often the case come the 2000 Guineas, there’s a few of those who set the standard as juveniles missing here. Too Darn Hot, Ouorto and Mohaather met with setbacks in the build-up while Calyx and Persian King were rerouted.

It’s led to the not unfamiliar situation where Ballydoyle provides the favourite and second favourite for the Guineas today. Ten Sovereigns a speedy sort by No Nay Never has usurped Magna Grecia as favourite as Ryan Moore has been booked for the ride. He is unbeaten in three juvenile runs over 6F, the last in the G1 Middle Park where he was a classy winner over Jash. Is sprinting his game?

Magna Grecia had a similar end of season campaign, three runs, a Naas maiden win followed by a neck second to Persian King at Newmarket and then a win in the G1 Vertem Futurity Trophy Stakes at Doncaster over a mile.

The Irish presence is boosted by Madhmoon from the Kevin Prendergast stable. Also thrice run, he won a Leopardstown maiden in August and then beat Broome in the Junevile Stakes last Irish Champions weekend in September, both over a mile. Broome boosted the form with a good second in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere over Arc weekend and then bolted up in the Ballysax this term. Madhmoon went off favourite for the Guineas Trial at Leopardstown in April but found the Ballydoyle inmate Never No More who had the benefit of a winning run (entered in the Irish 2000 Guineas) a ½ L too good on that occasion.

Madhmoon leaves the ring after tasting victory first time out at Leopardstown

Willie Haggas’s Skardu heads the English challenge on the back of his Craven win, he had a neck to spare over Momkin. As a trial, the Craven hasn’t produced a Guineas winner since Haafhd in 2004 though Masar’s win last year and subsequent Derby win has done a lot to reestablish the race’s credentials even if Masar couldn’t win the Guineas. Skardu had the one run last year, he was a shock 33/1 winner of a 7F maiden over this course in September.

Royal Marine and Al Hilalee represent Godolophin. The latter is somewhat of a surprise package, a maiden winner last year here over the July course he followed up with a listed win in Deauville beating Duke Of Harzand a short head who reopposes here. He spent the winter in Dubai and did a racecourse gallop two Saturday’s ago at Meyden arriving back to Newmarket on Sunday and was supplemented for the race on Monday. The former pipped Broome in Paris in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere. A trip on Dirt at Meydan didn’t work, he could only manage fourth, a spot he also filled when going off favourite for the Craven Stakes.

Marytn Meade’s Advertise possibly represents the strongest juvenile form. He was beaten twice in a five-runner campaign, Calyx got the better of him in the Coventry at Royal Ascot when they were split by the width of the track and Too Darn Hot put him in his place in the Dewhurst when leaving him comfortably 3 ½ L in arrears. In between, he won the G2 July Stakes at Newmarket and went to the Curragh to win the G1 Phoenix Stakes over 5F.

It’s an open Guineas with the loss of too many principles to answer the question we posed earlier, will we see a superstar three-year-old this year? Caylx’s win at Ascot yesterday suggests these are an above average bunch and he’ll now go down the sprinting route. The setbacks to Too Darn Hot and Ouorto means it’s too early to give us a definitive answer as to how good this crop is. The suspicion is that they are good, a cut above the norm, the premise built largely on the back of Too Darn Hot.

In the meantime, Madhmoon can put down a marker, his two-year-old form too was very good. He’ll come on a great deal from his Leopardstown seasonal debut in April where the 7F trip was too short for him and the soft ground against him. He’ll relish the step back up to a mile here and he’ll love the fast ground even more.

Recommendation: Mahmoom 8/1 win

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20 Group/Grade 1’s Around The World This Weekend

Saturday

Australia

Winx kicks off the action in the Turnbull Stakes in her last race at Flemington looking to take her sixth G1 of the season in her final prep race before her historic attempt to win her fourth Cox Plate in a few weeks time. We all routing for her, Chris Waller says she’s more forward in her coat and looking even better than she did this time last year. 

Also down under the feature at Randwick is the Spring Champion Stakes, a race restricted to three-year old’s over 10f. 

England 

Laurens entering the parade ring at Leopardstown

Laurens returns to Newmarket for the one mile Sun Chariot Stakes in pursuit of her for her fourth G1 of the year. Last time out she captured the Matron Stakes over the same trip having won her two previous G1’s over 10f. She outgunned Alpha Centauri, subsequently reported injured and retired, down the straight. There’s a quartet of Coolmore fillies in opposition with Ballydoyle sending three, Clemmie, Happily and I Can Fly with Andre Fabre sending Wind Chimes from France. The latter two can make Laurens work for it, I Can Fly was the best winner over Irish Champions Weekend and Wind Chimes was unlucky to just get caught here by Recoletos in the Moulin a couple of weeks ago.

Recommendation: Wind Chimes 3/1 win

France

The Arc weekend begins with the Prix Du Cadran, a stayer’s race over 20f taking centre stage. Holdthasigreen will go off favourite on the Pari Mutual. Wille Mullins Max Dynamite might hold the key here after a good second to stablemate Thomas Hobson in the Doncaster Cup last time. He’s an eight year old but he keeps on giving for Rich Ricci.

Recommendation: Max Dynamite win bet on the PMU

USA

In America Belmont hosts the Beldame on Dirt, a 3yo+ for Fillies and Mares over 1m and the Champagne Stakes for Two Year old’s over the same trip. Ben Cecil, Henry’s nephew, might make the G1 breakthrough with Listing who ships from his Santa Anita Californian base in the latter.

Keenland has the First Lady Stakes on Turf, the Breeders’ Futurity on Dirt and their highlight, the Shadwell Turf Mile.

Godolphin supply a European raider in the First Lady, Henri Pantall’s Crown Walk makes the journey on the back of her good second in the Prix Rothchild to With You at Deauville.

Recommendation: Crown Walk 5/1 win

It’s disappointing that no European’s have travelled for the $1m Shadwell Turf Mile won last year by David O’Meara’s Suedios however we’ll give a big shout for the outsider Great Wide Open trained by Conor Murphy who moved from Nicky Henderson’s yard after skinning the bookmakers a few years ago at Cheltenham. He was not far off Wesley Ward’s Bound For Nowhere last time who trades at 8/1 for this.

Recommendation: Great Wide Open 50/1 ew

Sunday

France

Europe’s premier middle distance race is the feature, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in which Enable is a short price favourite at even money to repeat her victory of last year. Her season has not gone to plan with injury delaying her return until Kempton, she looked a picture when easily accounting for Crystal Ocean appearing to retain her ability. Sea Of Class, the year younger filly will put it up to her and Ballydoyle’s brace of Leger winners Kew Gardens, this year and Capri last year, aren’t out of it with the three-year old having won a G1 over course and distance in July. Capri has been laid out for this.

Recommendation: Kew Gardens, Capri (coupled on PMU)

The card features another five G1’s with the two-year old’s contesting the Prix Marcel Boussac for Fillies and the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere open to both colts and fillies, both over a mile.

Godolphin are double handed in the Boussac with Charlie Appleby sending Ceratonia and Saeed Bin Suroor responsible for Dubai Beauty. They’ll have it all to do to upset the favourite Rocques who beat the Appleby runner comfortably last time out.

Recommendation: Rocques 1/1 win

They might have a better chance in the Lagardere with Royal Marine however Freddy Head’s Anador likely to be popular on the PMU with the home fans.

The older fillies will contest Prix De L’Opera over 10f, again a quality contest with Godolphin’s Wild Illusion, Coolmore’s Magic Wand and George Strawbridge’s With You all in with a shout. Preference is for With You should Crown Walk frank the form of their Deauville run in the First Lady at Keenland.

Recommendation: With You 3/1 win

Next is the turn of the sprinters over the minimum trip in the Abbaye. Battaash will still be most people’s answer after his devastating performance when wining this last year. He’s not displayed the same level of form this year and he’s worth opposing with Aidan O’Brien’s Sioux Nation and Darren Bunyan’s Hit The Bid who were third and fourth in the Flying Five a couple of weeks ago, Son Of Rest gave that form a boost when winning the Ayr Gold Cup last week.

Recommendation: Sioux Nation and Hit The Bid – (both ew on the PMU)

The Floret over 7f for older horses then rounds off the weekend and Pollydream will be all the rage on the PMU after her win in the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville. Gustav Klimt will keep her honest, his overall form being good quality with the last run in the Haydock Sprint Cup being particular relevant.

Recommendation: Gustav Klimt 7/1 win

The Pattern Racing World Championships 2018

You can follow the story of the G1 Pattern Race year by clicking on the links below. There you’ll find how the 222 G1’s already run this year have panned out in championship format.

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Group 1 Action This Weekend

There is Group 1 and Grade 1 action aplenty this weekend.

On Saturday Randwick in Sydney, Australia hosts three G1’s, the Flight Stakes, Metropolitan Stakes and the feature the Epsom Handicap with prize money of $1m for a race over a mile for older horses. Trainer Chris Waller is mob handed with eight of the eighteen runners and this can provide him an opportunity to close the gap on Aidan O’Brien in the PWRC 2018 Trainer standings.

On Sunday Caulfield runs the Hyland Race Colours Underwood Stakes with Goldophin’s Charlie Appleby running Blair House. He’ll hope he can repeat his G1 win of last weekend when Jungle Cat took top honours at G1 level at the same venue. Also on Sunday Japan resumes it’s G1 programme after a summer break with the Sprinters Stakes at Nakayama where Joao Moreira will have his first top level ride since being granted a licence to ride in Japan. They’ll miss his magic in Hong Kong.

At Newmarket, England the two-year olds take centre stage with the Cheveley Park for fillies and Middle Park for colts both over 6f sharing the bill. In the former Lady Kaya caught the eye at the Curragh when second in the Moyglare and could run well stepping down in trip from 7f.

In the States the build up really begins for the Breeders Cup with Belmont in New York hosting the Vosburgh, Joe Hirsch Turf Classic and Jockey Club Gold Cup with the latter a Breeders Cup trial on dirt over 1m2f. Diversify will go off favourite after his win in the Whitney Invitational last time out.

European interest is piqued here with the worlds two biggest owners adding spice to the mix. Coolmore run Mendelssohn and Godolphin saddle the Dubai World Cup winner, Thunder Snow. Ryan Moore travels for the ride on Mendelssohn, he currently leads PRWC 2018 Jockey and a win can extend his slim margin over Mike Smith and Jose Ortiz. Jose will have three opportunities to bridge the gapIn the owners championship there are only 10 points between Coolmore and Godolphin (1 win) at the top of PRWC 2018 Owner.

On the west coast Santa Anita has four Grade 1’s on Saturday, the Rodeo Drive Stakes, Chandelier Stakes, American Pharoah Stakes and the feature the Awesome Again Stakes, another Breeders Cup Classic trial. Accelerate will go off a short odds on price on the back on his win in the TVG Pacific Classic and a win here could push him up to third in the PRWC 2018 Horse. On Sunday the Zenyatta Stakes is the feature race with Able Tazman likely to go off favourite.

A busy weekend of G1 action which could have a big impact on the standings of PWRC’s six category championships. It’s G1 status that binds it all together. It’s PRWC 2018 that makes the participants performances comparable.

By the time Ryan Moore flies back across the Atlantic he may well be in second place in the jockey’s championship should Jose Ortiz score well at Belmont or Mike Smith score well at Santa Anita.

Blair House’s run in Australia and Thunder Snow’s run in the USA could send Godolphin to the top of the Owners Championship or maybe Ten Sovereigns at Newmarket or Mendelssohn’s American campaign will keep Coolmore on top.

One thing for sure Aidan O’Brien will stay top of the Trainer Championship. 

Recommendation :

2.25 GMT Cheveley Park Stakes, Newmarket – Lady Kaya 8/1 win