Welcome to another preview as the big races are coming thick and fast. We’ve seen Kameko claim the 2000 Guineas for Qatar Racing and Oisin Murphy, Pinatubo could only manage third in the end whereas Wichita who was my 14/1 each-way punt on here ran a mighty race to finish second under Frankie Dettori. Today, I’m taking a look at the second classic of the weekend which is of course the 1000 Guineas, like the 2000 Guineas I’ll be sharing my punts along with highlighting other horses that I think are big players in the race.
We have one of the most competitive renewals of the 1000 Guineas on our hands this year and it’s headed by the unbeaten QUADRILATERAL for Roger Charlton, who I think will continue said unbeaten run and take this. She’s a well-bred filly by Frankel who has looked mightily impressive in her short career to date. Her latest success came back in October when she claimed the Group 1 Fillies’ Mile here, she looked in all sorts of bother entering the final stages of the contest but knuckled down and showed her class and bundles of talent to get over the line in front. She’ll be once again ridden by the bright young talent that is Jason Watson.
One of her main rivals looks to come in the form of Jessica Harrington trained Millisle who’s the mount of champion jockey and man of the moment, Oisin Murphy. She was last seen when winning the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes here back in September when lowering the colours of Raffle Prize, who she’ll oppose again here. Also coming from Ireland we have a sole entry from Aidan O’Brien and that’s Love who will be ridden by Ryan Moore. She’s one of the more exposed runners in the line-up, however, she brings a bundle of experience to the table including a Group 1 success which came in the Moyglare Stud Stakes last September at the Curragh, she got the better of the smart Daahyeh that day. Other notable runners are dual Group 1 winner Raffle Prize, who’s the mount of Mikael Barzalona and also the Tom Dascombe trained Boomer who was fifth in the Filles’ Mile here behind Quadrilateral.
I have had an each-way play in the race and I’ve done that with probably the most interesting runner in the field and that’s John Gosden’s SHIMMERING who’s the mount of Frankie Dettori. She’s only had two starts to date, finishing third on debut before following up with a win at Lingfield within Novice company. This is a pretty colossal step up in grade on the back of that, however, Andrew Lloyd Webber only seems to have smart horses with John, Too Darn Hot, Lah Ti Dar and So Mi Dar to name but a few. You have to think that connections think a bit of her to pitch her in at this kind of level so early on in her career.