1000 Guineas – Sunday 1st May
The second Classic of the season takes centre stage at Newmarket on Sunday and here at Racing Tips we have provided our 1-2-3 for the Group 1 contest which you can check out below.
Ballydoyle has been associated with some talented fillies over the years and none more so than Minding, who won a staggering seven Group 1’s during her illustrious career. Her full-sister TUESDAY has only been seen in public twice and certainly looked a filly to keep onside when she chased home the race-fit and subsequent Group 1 winner Discoveries on her debut at the Curragh late last June.
Following a 275 day break, the impeccably bred filly returned for her three-year-old campaign at the Curragh over a mile. Racing prominently from an early stage, she made light work of the opposition, keeping on smartly inside the final furlong to record a comfortable success under jockey Ryan Moore.
Although the 1000 Guineas wasn’t the original plan for her, Tuesday appears to be a filly of immense potential for trainer Aidan O’Brien and given the slight stamina doubts around stablemate and market leader Tenebrism, the filly is certainly a much more solid proposition and last year’s winning combination look set to strike in this year’s renewal.
Miss France was the last French raider to win the 1000 Guineas back in 2014 and they appear to have another worthy challenger in this year’s renewal in the form of MALAVATH.
Trained by Francis-Henri Gaffard, the talented chestnut filly enjoyed a remarkable juvenile campaign last season for connections. An opening win in maiden company on her third start at Chantilly over six furlongs was soon followed with another course and distance success, this time in Group 2 company, staying on smartly to defeat Have A Good Day by a neck.
Sent over to Del Mar to contest the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, the French filly ran an exceptional race behind Pizza Bianca on her first start over one mile. Racing towards the rear of the field, she appeared to be in trouble rounding the final bend, however, the filly knuckled down under Ryan Moore and simply flew home from her unpromising position to fight out the finish.
Returning as a three-year-old following a 153-day break, she comfortably landed her second victory in Group company when easily winning at Deauville earlier this month. Stepping back up to one mile on Sunday, Malavath has leading claims of landing her first taste of Group 1 success and her ability to handle quicker ground is a real bonus.
Newmarket trainer Roger Varian has started this season in tremendous form and has already sent out some of his leading three-year-olds for the year ahead. One of those is without question AMEYNAH who stepped up on her opening start as a juvenile when winning on her seasonal reappearance this season.
After finishing a promising second on her debut over seven furlongs at Newmarket back in October, Roger Varian’s charge returned to the same course and distance earlier this month. Tracking the leaders, Ameynah travelled strongly in behind under jockey David Egan before meeting the Dip and displaying an electric turn of foot to surge clear in the closing stages and win by three and three-quarter lengths.
Although Sunday’s contest is a serious step up in class, Ameynah looks certain to be suited by the step up to one mile and given how readily she pulled clear of the opposition last time out, Roger Varian’s filly is not one to discount despite her odds and is worthy of consideration in this Group 1 contest.