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2019 1000 Guineas tips – 7/1 and 33/1 suggestions for Sunday’s Classic

Fairyland grinds out an impressive victory in the Cheveley Park Stakes last season.

Our expert takes a look through the betting for the first fillies Classic of the season and provides readers with his tips for Newmarket on Sunday 5th May.

Guineas weekend comes to a close in dramatic fashion on Sunday afternoon, as a field of the finest fillies in the sport line up in the second Classic of the 2019 campaign. The list of previous winners of the 1000 Guineas reads like a who’s who of British flat racing - with greats like Pretty Polly, Sweet Solera, Oh So Sharp and Minding adorning the incredible roll of honour. 

Sunday’s renewal of the 1000 Guineas promises to be just as exciting as ever. Our expert has taken a look through the betting for this year’s contest and highlighted two horses for punters to side with.

2019 1000 Guineas Tips


The strangle-hold Ireland had on the 2019 1000 Guineas was broken earlier this month, as Qabala romped into Classic contention with an excellent victory in the Nell Gwyn Stakes. A 66/1 shot in the Classic betting before that trial, Roger Varian's filly extended her unbeaten record in fine style. That didn’t seem the strongest of Trials, however, and I’d be keen to see if she can build on that performance.

Skitter Scatter progressed brilliantly during 2018 and the Moyglare Stud Stakes winner will take some beating, should the newly formed team of John Oxx and Kevin Prendergast head to Newmarket instead of the Curragh. Just Wonderful is my fancy for the Oaks and could run her way into contention at the weekend, but the Ballydoyle runner I’ve pinned my colours to in the Guineas is FAIRYLAND.

I love any horse shows they have the stomach for a fight and Fairyland did plenty of battling at the top table last term. Aidan O’Brien’s filly had to work really hard to see off The Mackem Bullet in both the Lowther Stakes and the Cheveley Park, doing just enough to win on both occasions and the runner-up has gone on to prove herself a fairly decent yardstick.

The only time Fairyland lost last season was in the Albany Stakes, where she found herself on the slowest portion of the track and was still on beaten a length. Kodiac may be better known for producing sprinters, but I have no fears Fairyland won’t see out the trip on the Rowley Mile. A horror draw in stall one could throw a spanner in the works, but there's no doubting Fairyland is a very exciting filly moving forwards.

After Iridessa was beaten into third on her reappearance, she drifted right out to 16/1 and I was quick to jump on board. Joseph O’Brien and the team have expressed their confidence since then, causing last year’s Fillies’ Mile winner to come back into a single-figure price. I’m sure she will run a fine race on her return to Newmarket, but my quest for a lengthier second selection sees me look further down the market and my eyes land squarely on STAR TERMS.

Star Term’s current odds do not accurately reflect the form Richard Hannon’s filly produced as a juvenile. Star Terms was good value for her narrow victory in a handicap here at Newmarket during the summer and she was able to transfer that form into Grouped races, following Fleeting home in the May Hill Stakes before losing out by just a neck in the Prix Marcel Boussac. 

Hannon will have been mightily encouraged by the run Star Terms produced on her reappearance, where she shaped well for much of the Fred Darling Stakes before being tapped for toe in the closing stages. Stepping back up to a mile will only bring about improvement and James Doyle – who has already been confirmed in the saddle – has been one of the hottest jockeys in the weighing room over the past couple of seasons. The Oaks may be her eventual target, but 33/1 for the Guineas still looks massive to me!


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2019 1000 Guineas tips – 7/1 and 33/1 suggestions for Sunday’s Classic

Our expert takes a look through the betting for the first fillies Classic of the season and provides readers with his tips for Newmarket on Sunday 5th May.

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