Punters can look forward to another ultra-competitive renewal of the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on Sunday 1st May.
The first fillies Classic of the campaign looks to have attracted a high class field and Aidan O’Brien’s Minding is the market leader for the one-mile highlight.
The daughter of Galileo was an eye-catching winner of two Group Ones last season and her success in the Fillies’ Mile confirmed her position as the best of her generation. She has understandably been popular in the 1000 Guineas betting ever since that victory but punters must be wary about taking a short price on the favourite. She has a long campaign ahead and her trainer’s horses often come on for their first run of the season.
Also, stablemate Ballydoyle was considered to be a better horse than Minding for much of the campaign and the latter was sent off at 8/1 and 15/2 for her victories in the Debutante and Moyglare Stud Stakes. Who will come out on top when the clash at Newmarket?
Ryan Moore riding Minding.
That should be an intriguing match up but it shouldn’t make too much difference to the winner and LUMIERE looks to be a fantastic bet to score for trainer Mark Johnston.
The explosive daughter of Shamardal has long been considered a superstar in the making and her power-packed display in the Cheveley Park Stud Stakes was certainly impressive. After pulling too hard in her only defeat at York in August, she travelled to Newmarket with a little to prove and she answered her critics in taking fashion.
The way she kept finding more going into the dip in the six-furlong Group One was encouraging and she battled under pressure. She refused to give up her lead and held off the very talented combination of Illuminate and Besharah.
Connections will be happy to have had a winter working on her tendency to refuse to settle and she will have surely grown stronger and matured ahead of the new season. Indeed, her trainer has been very complimentary in recent weeks and was quoted as saying: “It's a bit crazy to say nothing but winning would do, but she's that type of horse and held in that sort of regard at home. We think of her as up there in our all-time top three."
Too much rain would be an issue for the exciting filly and she will need to settle if she is going to land the feature, but she certainly has more than enough ability and it will take a very good horse to stop her.