The 1000 Guineas is Sunday’s highlight and the unbeaten Quadrilateral heads the market for Roger Charlton having landed the Fillies’ Mile here in the autumn when she looked beaten before showing plenty of guts to get up in the shadows of the post. The runner up Powerful Breeze was the one I took from the race at the time, but she misses today’s race through injury.
There are two Irish challengers representing powerful yards and I am a big admirer of both although I feel Millisle might struggle to get home over a mile and end up a sprinter while Love may need further to be seen at her best this term.
Richard Hannon’s Cloak Of Spirits (3.35) has been well supported in recent weeks despite having a bit to find with Quadrilateral through Powerful Breeze on May Hill running back at Doncaster back in September. She looked ready for a return to a mile when third here in the Rockfel Stakes later in the month and I just feel she has the scope to improve past many of her more precocious rivals. The each way recommendation is 10/1 with William Hill.
There is little between Good Birthday (2.25) and Desert Icon on Beverly running back in September, but I felt the Andrew Balding gelding won with a bit in hand and he can confirm the form on 2lbs worse terms. The selection ended last term finishing a running on third in the Cambridgeshire and today’s additional furlong will suit. The selection is 5/2 with Boylesports.
Over at Haydock and in the opener Harrovian (12.55) has been gelded since disappointing on soft ground at York back in the autumn. This extended 10f trip on decent ground looks ideal for John Gosden’s four-year-old whose record under today’s conditions reads 21331. The selection is 7/2 with William Hill. Do note a market move for Babbos Boy who is blinkered for the first time on his reappearance and has moved from Michael Bell to Ralph Beckett over the winter. The ground was given as good to soft on Saturday afternoon and I would NOT want the ground to deteriorate any further.
I hope it’s another good day for Gosden as I am keen on the chances of Fanny Logan (2.05) who won four on the spin last season before finishing down the field in the Breeders’ Cup Fillies & Mares at Santa Anita when she her chance was compromised by the draw. She steps back up in distance this afternoon to 12f and must give her five rivals 5lbs, but I feel she will be up to the task and hope she can make her mark in Group 1 level this summer. The selection is 5/2 with William Hill.
I hope there is plenty of pace in the listed Spring Trophy which should suit Space Blues (3.15) who finished runner up in the Jersey Stakes over this trip at Royal Ascot 12 months ago and who is something of a specialist at this distance. The selection – 7/2 with Boylesports – is trained by Charlie Appleby and the danger could well be stablemate Mubtasim who was last seen finishing second in a valuable race in Saudi Arabia back in February.
I was a big admirer of Liberty Beach (4.25) as a two-year-old and hope to see her improve again as a three-year-old. I believe she can make a winning reappearance. Today’s listed contest is over 6f and she ended last season finishing runner up in the Lowther Stakes over this trip at York. The selection is 11/4 at William Hill.
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