Saturday 6th May 2023
Author: Jordan Yates (EvRacing_)
Welcome aboard to my Guineas Meeting Preview whIch is set to take place at Newmarket over the next three days for the first classics of the season. I’ll be previewing all of the action over the next few days at HQ so as ever, I hope you enjoy the blogs, and if you are having a bet remember to do it responsibly.
The action kicks off at 1:40 with a Class 2 handicap over a mile and four furlongs and I think that this competitive affair could be won by Capital Theory who represents the team of Charlie Johnston and Joe Fanning. It’s common for this yard’s runners to be raced regularly and this gelding is no exception, he’s been on the go throughout the winter months and has maintained a very consistent level of form. He was last seen finishing second at Ripon at the end of April and remains on the same mark, there’s every chance that he could give his running once again.
It’s the 2:15 next which is the second race on the card and the listed Chaloner Stakes over five furlongs. I’m taking a chance on Fast Response here for Karl Burke and Clifford Lee. She progressed nicely last season and has returned to the track with two solid efforts in listed events at Doncaster and Bath, she should be spot-on for this.
The 2:50 is a the Howden Handicap a Class 2 Heritage Handicap over six furlongs and I’ve gone with Chairmanoftheboard here for Jack Channon and Connor Beasley. He ran a good race here last time out in April when finishing third in another competitive handicap and has been left on the same mark, I think he’s got every chance of going well again.
It’s another Heritage Handicap at 3:25 and this particular affair is contested over a mile and a furlong. I’ve sided with Majestic here who also represents Jack Channon and this time ridden by George Bass. He’s highly progressive and a course and distance winner having won the Cambridgeshire here last term, on his seasonal reappearance he finished fourth in the Lincoln and will contest this off the same mark. If getting a bit of luck in the run he’s a player.
The 4:00 is Group 3 action in the Howden Palace Stakes over five furlongs and I think this can go to Twilight Calls for Henry Candy and Ryan Moore. He’s not been seen since finishing a fantastic second to Nature Strip in the King’s Stand at Royal Ascot last year. He goes well fresh though and I think he’s the best horse in this, if he’s anywhere near his best he could be tough to beat.
It’s the big one at 4:40 which is the Group 1 2000 Guineas and the first classic of the season. I’m keeping the faith with Chaldean here who’s set to be ridden by Frankie Dettori and represents Andrew Balding. He unseated Frankie on his seasonal reappearance at Newbury a couple of weeks ago, but prior to that, he progressed very nicely last term with his season culminating with a win in the Dewhurst here. I think that there could be a lot more to come from him and he’s every chance here.
The 5:15 follows the feature and this is a Class 2 handicap that’s contested over six furlongs. I think that this particular affair can go to Eminency for Clive Cox and Kieran Shoemark. He developed into a promising type last term, and this three-year-old colt by Havana Grey can build on his reappearance run at Kempton last time where he finished fourth of eight.
We sign off with the 5:50 and this is more handicap action which is this time ridden over seven furlongs. I like the chances of Chartwell House here for William Knight and Jamie Spencer, he posted a very encouraging effort when third of seventeen here on his seasonal reappearance last month and he remains on what looks to be a competitive looking mark. I think he’s got a solid chance here if repeating that effort.