Confidence high on Barefoot Lady in 1000 Guineas
Barefoot Lady may be a big each-way price at 20/1 in the 1000 Guineas odds bearing in mind connections have decided to outlay £30,000 to supplement her as a late entry at Newmarket.
Paul Hanagan timed his late run perfectly as the three-year-old came from the rear to win the Neil Gwyn Stakes by a head at Newmarket earlier this month.
This performance has convinced trainer Richard Fahey that it is worth a try stepping his horse up from Group Three company into the opening Classic of the year.
Fahey is also sure that the increase from 7f to 1m will not be a negative to Barefoot Lady, given the way in which she ran on at Newmarket in the Neil Gwyn.
He said: “She travelled well on the better ground the other day and came home well, so conditions will be in her favour. I’ve watched the race four or five times now and in another 50 yards she’d have won further.
“It looks like she’ll stay and she’s absolutely at the top of her game now. We just hope some of the other fillies aren’t. There are a few questions marks about the ground with one or two of the fancied ones, so we’ve decided to give it a shot.”
No rain is forecast at Newmarket ahead of the 1000 Guineas on May 1st, which will mean that the ground is liable to be labelled as good to firm and good in places.
However, Fahey is set to be without his leading chance in the 2000 Guineas as he has had to admit defeat with Wootton Bassett.
A setback early in the year meant that the horse was unable to finish some vital work ahead of Newmarket and Fahey has decided against attempting to force his charge to be ready for the Classic.
It now seems that Wootton Bassett will be aimed at either the French or Irish 1000 Guineas instead.
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