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2019 Qipco Guineas Festival tips - Race-by-race selections for 1000 Guineas Day at Newmarket on Sunday

It is Qipco 1000 Guineas Day at Newmarket on Sunday

Brian Healy takes a race-by-race look at Sunday's top class racecard at Newmarket on 1000 Guineas Day, and he has selections in every race on a quality afternoon of racing action.

Just 24 hours on from an exhilarating renewal of the Qipco 2000 Guineas, it is the turn of the fillies to strut their stuff in the Qipco 1000 Guineas - the first fillies’ Classic of the season - and the Group One feature on Sunday spearheads a seven-race card at Flat HQ.

Also featuring Group Two action with the Dahlia Stakes, another quality afternoon of horse racing action awaits racing fans eager to see some top-class performers go to post throughout day two of Newmarket’s Guineas Festival.

1:50 - Qatar Racing Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-105) 1m4f
2:20 - Charm Spirit Dahlia Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies & Mares) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m1f
2:55 - Longholes Handicap Cl2 (4yo+) 6f
3:35 - Qipco 1000 Guineas Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (Fillies) Cl1 (3yo) 1m
4:10 - Hot Streak Maiden Stakes (Plus 10 Race) Cl3 (2yo) 5f
4:45 - Tweenhills Pretty Polly Stakes (Listed Race) (Fillies) Cl1 (3yo) 1m2f
5:20 - Qipco Supporting British Racing Handicap Cl3 (3yo 0-95) 1m2f

With the pick of the action being shown live on ITV Racing, Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand to cover four races live from Newmarket, including the feature of the afternoon in the shape of the Qipco 1000 Guineas.

Brian Healy assesses Sunday’s classy racecard at Newmarket, and he gives his race-by-race selections for all seven of the afternoon’s contests on 1000 Guineas Day.

1:50 - Qatar Racing Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-105) 1m4f


With the advantage of race-fitness on his side, BAGHDAD (7/2, Bet365) could take a bit of beating in this contest and Mark Johnston’s charge - one of three in the race for the Middleham trainer - is taken to get back to winning ways.

The Frankel colt progressed well last term, building on his reappearance to win big field handicaps at York and Ascot, and he made a satisfactory return to action at Newcastle last month when finishing third behind Bartholomeu Dias where he was beaten less than one length.

Despite being hit with a 2lbs rise for that near miss, he probably remains on a workable mark still given he is open to further progress, and with the form of his win at Ascot in the King George V Stakes working out extremely well - the field included Melbourne Cup winner Cross Counter - with a host of subsequent winners coming out of that race, he could prove a tough nut to crack if building on his reappearance.


2:20 - Charm Spirit Dahlia Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies & Mares) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m1f


WORTH WAITING (13/2, Paddy Power) proved herself last term to be a hugely progressive filly, winning four of her six starts which included a Listed defeat of Highgarden on the July Course here prior to winning a French Group Three contest with a three lengths’ defeat of Hermaphrodite.

David Lanigan’s charge subsequently saw her winning run ended in the Prix Vermaille, but she acquitted herself well nonetheless in finishing fourth behind Kitesurf.

The Bated Breath filly drops back in trip for this reappearance effort, but she proved versatilitiy last term with wins from 10-12 furlongs so this distance ought not to inconvenience and with the potential to do better this term she is chanced to make a winning return having ran well on her reappearance twelve months ago. 

2:55 - Longholes Handicap Cl2 (4yo+) 6f


Flavius Titus had the reopposing SUMMERGHAND (11/2, Bet365) behind him when scoring over course and distance last month, but David O’Meara’s charge is taken to come out on top on this occasion and reverse the form.

A winner here last term, the Lope De Vega gelding struggled to get competitive in some hot handicap company following that success where he could only manage mid-division finishes in the likes of the Ayr Gold Cup and Coral Sprint Trophy.

Following a six-month break, he returned to action to finish just a neck behind Roger Varian’s reopposing rival, but he was arguably unfortunate having met trouble in running before running on and he was closing at the line. 

He is only 1lb better here, but that might be enough to see him turn the tables granted a shade more luck in running, and the pair ought to be involved in the finish again although the O’Meara runner shades the vote to come out on top.

3:35 - Qipco 1000 Guineas Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (Fillies) Cl1 (3yo) 1m


Aidan O’Brien will have another strong team to compete for this filles’ Classic, but it could prove to be that son Joseph holds the ace in the pack with his IRIDESSA (15/2, Unibet) who can post a big effort here with the prospect of plenty of improvement to come.

The Ruler Of The World filly won her debut at Killarney last July, after which she was beaten on her next two starts behind Skitter Scatter and Sparkle ‘n’joy in outings at the Curragh and Leopardstown.

Both those defeats were over seven furlongs, but she bounced back to claim the Fillies’ Mile here in October, beating Hermosa by just over one length and seemingly more at home over the longer trip.

She ran better than the bare result back at seven furlongs on her return to action in the recent 1000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown which was won by Lady Kaya, perhaps just finding the ground too much of a test; but back up in trip and proven on the track, and with a better surface sure to suit then she could progress again to claim this Classic prize.


4:10 - Hot Streak Maiden Stakes (Plus 10 Race) Cl3 (2yo) 5f


ELECTRICAL STORM (8/11, Paddy Power) shaped with plenty of promise on his debut over course and distance last month, and the Dubawi colt can step up for the experience to go one better having found only Well Of Wisdom too strong by a half-length.

Saeed bin Suroor’s charge is a half-brother to the top-class Ribchester, and he looked potentially smart himself despite obvious signs of inexperience early where he was slow to leave the stalls before running green early.

However, he got better as the race unfolded and he was in front in the last furlong before inexperience told again and he idled to let the winner get past him. He is sure to have learnt plenty from the run, and he ought to prove much sharper and smarter this time around.

A subsequent winner has some out of the race from those who finished behind, and he ought to prove a tough nut to crack if progressing on the back of that promising first run.

4:45 - Tweenhills Pretty Polly Stakes (Listed Race) (Fillies) Cl1 (3yo) 1m2f


MAQSAD (15/8, Bet365) failed to build on her promising debut runner-up effort behind Sunday Star here last September, subsequently being beaten almost five lengths into third behind Mehdaayin at Yarmouth.

However, William Haggas’ charge showed she had progressed in the interim when returning from a break to run out a narrow winner over Twist ‘n’ Shake back at this venue during the Craven Meeting, and the Siyouni filly can find a further jolt of improvement.

This longer trip ought to suit given the way she dug deep to hold off all challengers having made all the running, and she could prove even better faced with more of a stamina test while she has shown she handles this track well. 

She is clearly well-regarded as an entry in the Epsom Oaks suggests, and with the potential for better to come she can win again here.


5:20 - Qipco Supporting British Racing Handicap Cl3 (3yo 0-95) 1m2f

FRASER ISLAND (11/4, Coral) stepped up on his maiden form having been gelded in the off-season to run out a ready winner at Beverley last month, and Mark Johnston’s charge can follow up here.

The Australia gelding failed to win during his juvenile campaign, but he did post some fair efforts without ever seriously threatening the judge; but he returned to action to run out a two lengths’ winner over Whiskey And Water, and with the potential to do better yet he gets the nod to strike again despite having been raised 6lbs in the weights following that success.

Nevertheless, he is going the right way and he looks the type to continue to find improvement for a while yet; having had a run under his belt, he ought to remain competitive and he can go close here.


2019 NEWMARKET GUINEAS MEETING TIPS - DAY TWO SELECTIONS


1:50 - BAGHDAD (7/2, Bet365)

2:20 - WORTH WAITING (13/2, Paddy Power

2:55 - SUMMERGHAND (11/2, Bet365)

3:35 - IRIDESSA (15/2, Unibet)

4:10 - ELECTRICAL STORM (8/11, Paddy Power)

4:45 - MAQSAD (15/8, Bet365)

5:20 - FRASER ISLAND (11/4, Coral)


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2019 Qipco Guineas Festival tips - Race-by-race selections for 1000 Guineas Day at Newmarket on Sunday

Brian Healy takes a race-by-race look at Sunday's top class racecard at Newmarket on 1000 Guineas Day, and he has selections in every race on a quality afternoon of racing action.

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