A big welcome to my preview for the 2000 Guineas which is set to be run at Newmarket this Saturday afternoon. As ever thank you to everyone who checked out the Kempton Preview midweek, where there was a nice winning punt in Nazeef who won the Snowdrop Fillies’ Stakes at 4/1. Here I’ll be previewing this year’s running of the 2000 Guineas and as normal I’ll be sharing my punts in the race and who I believe the main players are in the contest. Keep a lookout on the site for punts in all the big races that are set to take place over the weekend.
The 2000 Guineas looks to all be about one horse and that’s, of course, the Charlie Appleby trained PINATUBO who’s my idea of the winner here. He became the star of last season when taking all before him when winning multiple big races such as the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot, the Vintage Stakes at Goodwood, the Vincent O’Brien Stakes at the Curragh before finally claiming the Dewhurst here on his last outing back in October. On the back of that, he’s earned a rating of 128 and looks to have the world at his feet.
Taking a look at his rivals and the one who seemingly poses the biggest threat is the Aidan O’Brien trained Arizona. A colt by No Nay Never who was beaten two lengths by Pinatubo in the Dewhurst Stakes, following that he went onto finish fifth in the Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf. Earlier on in the season last year, his best moment came when winning the Group 2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, beating the smart Threat by half a length. He’s the mount of Ryan Moore here and is the yard’s first string.
Kameko is another one of the big players in the field, a Group 1 winner himself having won the Vertem Futurity Stakes at Newcastle on his last outing back in November. He was also narrowly denied here on his penultimate outing in the Group 2 Royal Lodge when finishing a neck second to Aidan O’Brien’s Royal Dornoch. Sporting the Qatar Racing Silks, he’s set to be ridden by champion jockey Oisin Murphy.
An outside chance in the line-up that I’ve had an each-way play on is Aidan O’Brien’s WICHITA who looks to have an eyecatching jockey booking in Frankie Dettori. He’s also by No Nay Never and finished third behind Pinatubo and Arizona in the Dewhurst Stakes when last seen. He was the second favourite that day and that was due to his fine display on penultimate start when winning the Group 3 Tattersalls Stakes here by 7 lengths. If he can recapture that kind of form again on this occasion there’s every chance he’ll be able to outrun his rather sizeable odds.