It’s 2000 Guineas day, and we can’t wait to get the classics underway! We’ve got our selections on all of the ITV races (in bold), and we hope that we can have another profitable day after our 8/1 winner at Cork yesterday! Good luck all, and make sure you check out our previews.
13:50 Newmarket (Spring Lodge)
I liked the way Next Stage won at this track earlier in the season, he looked like the type who could take a big field handicap. I’m keeping my eye on him for the Royal Hunt Cup at Ascot next month. In this contest he once again catches the eye, even with a 6lb rise for that Newmarket victory. He looks to have a bit of class and can be the best once again.
Win – Next Stage 7/2
14:05 Goodwood (Daisy Warwick)
Ajman Princess enjoyed a successful campaign last year, most notably finishing second in a well run Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot. She returns after a bit of a break, but she does look the class act in this listed contest. With an easy win already under her belt I’m expecting another big performance.
Win – Ajman Princess (11/4)
14:20 Newmarket (Palace House)
Our main preview of this race is here. Washington DC has been a sprinter who has got close without succeeding in the big races. The four-year-old who was second in France’s Prix D’Abbaye was very disappointing in Dubai at the start of the season. Last time out he got a confidence boosting win at Navan, that should help this horse who does have the class to take this.
Charlie Hills’ Cotai Glory had a mixed season last season, but on his bare form he should be regarded as one of the main contenders. He finished second in the King’s Stand and a close fourth in the Nunthorpe and deserves his place here. He’s five-years-old now, a prime age for sprinters, and he could be set for a big season ahead.
Win – Washington DC 9/1, E/W – Cotai Glory 16/1
14:40 Goodwood (7f Class 2 Handicap)
William Haggas’ Zwayyan has to be a key player in this contest for me. He enjoyed a good season last year, winning at Haydock and Lingfield and was last seen finishing fifth at Newmarket. He was a bit unfortunate that day, and may well have placed with a clearer run. He has an outstanding pedigree, and he should improve a lot this afternoon. There’s every chance he could blow away this field.
Win – Zwayyan (9/2) NAP
14:55 Newmarket (Jockey Club)
Mark Johnston’s Galapiat has really impressed me on his two starts so far this season, the four-year-old has won his handicaps in exceptional style and deserves his place in a pattern race. This is a real test for him but I would think he is good enough to play a leading role. The favourite Seventh Heaven is a classy filly, and if she runs her race will certainly be picking up a handsome cheque.
Reverse Forecast – Seventh Heaven/Galapiat
15:15 Goodwood (5f Class 3 Handicap)
Dark Shot wasn’t totally disgraced on his seasonal bow for Andrew Balding. The four-year-old enjoyed a good season last year, winning similar contests at Ascot and Windsor. He’s gradually improving and could run another big race.
Win – Dark Shot (6/1)
15:35 Newmarket (2000 Guineas)
Our big preview is here. But my verdict goes to Barney Roy, who was an encouraging winner of the Greenham last time and has the potential to be a classic winner. Churchill deserves the upmost respect, and he was outstanding last season. If he runs his race he will be hard to stop, but I do really like Barney Roy and think he will be a Group One winner this season.
Win – Barney Roy (7/2)
Thirsk 3:40 (Hunt Cup)
I am also a freelancer for the Racing Plus newspaper, and I previewed this race for the newspaper. David O’Meara was quite keen on Rousayan, who finished fourth at Redcar last weekend. He should be in better shape this afternoon, is drawn well and will like the conditions. The big danger is Spring Offensive for me.
Win – Rousayan (8/1)
Doncaster 7:50 (Handicap)
A horse I have really kept an eye on, and after three defeats I’m really hoping today is the day he can win. This three-year-old is bred terrifically and caught my eye when chasing home pattern winner Ulysses on his debut at Newbury. On his next maiden he bumped into another progressive type when third, before a disappointing effort in a handicap. He hasn’t won yet but today should be the day!
Win – New World Power (9/4)
11:46 Churchill Downs (Kentucky Derby)
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