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2017 1000 Guineas tips - 14/1 shot could challenge the favourite and win a second Newmarket title

Ryan Moore riding Rhododendron (left of centre, dark blue) to victory over Hydrangea (right of centre, purple) in the Dubai Fillies' Mile at Newmarket in October.

Our expert takes a look through the ante-post betting for the 1000 Guineas and picks out an interesting each-way contender who could walk away with one of flat racing’s most prestigious prizes.

The Rowley Mile at Newmarket stages many important races throughout the flat racing calendar, but the 1000 and 2000 Guineas stand head-and-shoulders above the rest and on May 7th, the best young fillies in the business will take to the hallowed Newmarket turf and battle it out for the 1000 Guineas title.

Aidan O’Brien dominated the classics last season and his young filly, Rhododendron (9/4 bet365) is the current clear ante-post favourite to ensure her trainer retains the title Minding won so brilliantly last year. This Galileo progeny was in excellent form last season, winning three of her five starts, including a course-and-distance victory in the Group 1 Dubai Fillies Mile on her latest appearance back in October. 

Minding began her stunning three-year-old season with victory in this race last year, on her first appearance back since landing the Dubai Fillies Mile title at the end of her previous campaign. O’Brien will be hoping Rhododendron can follow in her stablemates hoof-prints by claiming this prestigious Newmarket double.

Fair Eva (7/1 Ladbrokes) will spearhead Roger Charlton’s classic charge, as the Wiltshire-based trainer searches for a maiden 1000 Guineas title. Frankel’s progeny are always bound to garner special attention and when she comfortably saw off capable rivals at Haydock on her debut and in the Juddemonte Stakes at Ascot, Charlton must have thought he had a future classic champion on his books. She fell to disappointing defeats in the Lowther Stakes and the Shadwell Rockfel Stakes here at Newmarket on her final two appearances of the season as an odds-on favourite, but there is no doubting she has the talent to start this season with a bang.

Following a disappointing career debut at the Curragh last July, Hydrangea (12/1 Ladbrokes) was much more competitive throughout the rest of the season - scoring an excellent victory on Irish soil inbetween four narrow runner-up finishes. She was beaten by stablemate, Rhododendron to Group 1 and 2 titles at the Curragh and here at Newmarket last season, but the manner and subtle margins of those defeats showed she has the potential to turn the tables on her stablemate. 

She looked weary on a season-ending visit to the Breeders’ Cup in October, but returned to action earlier in April with a narrow victory over Winter (12/1 SkyBet) in the 1000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown. That appearance will stand her in excellent stead when she returns to Newmarket in May and attempts to land a maiden Group 1 title.

Frankie Dettori riding Daban (right) to an impressive victory in the Nell Gwyn Stakes here at Newmarket last month.

Daban (13/2 Ladbrokes) defied a starting price of 12/1 to beat Unforgettable Filly (25/1 SkyBet) to the Group 3 Nell Gwyn Stakes title over seven furlongs here at Newmarket. With that victory, she extended her perfect career record into a second race, having won well on her only start as a two-year-old at Kempton last November. John Gosden has been searching for a second 1000 Guineas title since the turn of the millennium, but in Daban he looks to have a serious Newmarket title contender.

Poet’s Vanity (20/1 bet365) put in a decent showing to come home third in the Nell Gwyn. She secured Group 3 success over the Rowley Mile last season for Andrew Balding, winning a strong renewal of the Oh So Sharp Stakes in what was her second victory in three seasonal starts, so she certainly has the quality to build on her performance last month.

Joseph O'Brien's Intricately (16/1 SkyBet) finished a length-and-a-half behind Rhododendron in the Debutante Stakes last season and put in an underwhelming showing at the start of this season, passing the post fourth in the Irish 1000 Guineas Trial. However, she is the only filly in the field to have beaten Rhododendron, having finished almost two lengths ahead of the favourite in the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh in September. She's out of Fastnet Rock and her dam's sire is Galileo, so she clearly bred for top level success. Looking at her current price, she represents definite each-way value.

Whilst Intricately and Hydrangea offers punters good each-way options, the likelihood of either toppling the favourite is very slim. Churchills victory in the 2000 yesterday could be the first leg of a fantastic Guineas double for Aidan O’Brien and Rhododendron looks very hard to oppose. However, at her current short price, she represents very little value at the head of the betting and an each-way chance could be taken on TALAAYEB (14/1 Ladbrokes) fulfilling her potential on the grandest of stages.

Owen Burrows has only sent his filly out once so far, where she landed a comfortable victory over Neshmeya over seven furlongs of the Rowley Mile. Hamdan Al Maktoum has owned the winner of this historic race five times over the past few decades. She will be making her first start of the season at Newmarket this weekend, but the Dansili progeny holds entry into all the major Group 1 races for fillies this season, so she is clearly a contender to watch out for. It would take a monumental effort for Talaayeb to deny Rhododendron, but she certainly has an excellent chance of placing.

7/5/2017 3:35pm Newmarket 1000 Guineas selection – TALAAYEB each-way (14/1 Ladbrokes)

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2017 1000 Guineas tips - 14/1 shot could challenge the favourite and win a second Newmarket title

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