The boys have had their go on the Rowley Mile. Now it’s the turn of the girls as we gear up for the 2019 renewal of the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket.
As many as seven runners will have serious designs on winning the second Classic of the season, with Qabala, Skitter Skatter and Fairyland all among the fancied septet.
We’ve had our say on the runners and riders in the 1000 Guineas, along with the rest of the contests at Newmarket and Hamilton, in our ITV Racing Tips.
We’re off to Scotland first up where Deputise is taken to make the most of a depleted five-runner field for William Haggas.
The Kodiac colt won four from eight as a two-year-old and opened up his three-year-old campaign with a decent second behind Pizzicato at Lingfield.
He returns to 5f here, a distance where his record against the clock compares favourably to main rival Secret Venture. A return to turf shouldn’t be a problem for our tip, who can get us off to a winning start.
There are question marks over whether Fairyland’s pedigree lends itself to the 1m trip. But you only have to look at her runs at the back end of last season to be confident that she’ll take to it like a duck to water.
The bare form of her two-year-old season is nice enough. You can’t knock four wins from five runs, including back-to-back successes in Group 2 and Group 1 company, the latter in the Cheveley Park at Newmarket.
She stayed on well that day to hold off The Mackem Bullet, who has subsequently gone on to win twice over a mile in the United States. Lady Kaya – sixth in the same race – recently won the Irish 2000 Guineas Trial.
That’s a nice form line. And it’s also worth remembering she’s trained by Aidan O’Brien, who has won this in two of the last three years. With three-time winner Frankie Dettori booked, our tip has every chance.
Flavius Titus makes plenty of appeal in this. But Roger Varian’s charge no longer has the assistance of Andrea Atzeni and must also shoulder an extra 4lb for a recent course and distance win.
So we’re falling down upon Gifted Master instead. His early season form isn’t anything to write home about, although hopes are raised thanks to the handicapper, who has dropped him back to a winning mark of 109.
He won the 2018 edition of this race off of that rating before going into succeed in the Stewards Cup carrying 111 but with the aid of a claimer. A chance is taken on him bouncing back in this as a result.
ITV RACING TIPS:
1:50 Newmarket – Corelli
2:05 Hamilton – Deputise (NAP)
2:20 Newmarket – Nyaleti
2:35 Hamilton – Jabbaar
2:55 Newmarket – Gifted Master (Lively Longshot)
3:35 Newmarket – Fairyland (NB)
All Odds and Markets correct as of date of publication