Roger Charlton optimistic Fair Eva can create history: 1000 Guineas preview

Fair Eva is hoping to become the first 1000 Guineas winner from Roger Charlton’s Beckhampton yard in 69 years.

The horse that who created history when becoming Frankel’s first offspring group winner, now may have the chance to be his first pattern winner too.

The Juddmonte filly followed a debut maiden success landing Ascot’s Princess Margaret Stakes, but she could only place in two attempts at Group Two level.

She comes back after a break, but this Frankel daughter has always looked like an exciting prospect.

“We have been very happy with the way she has been trained throughout the winter,” said the Newmarket handler.

“She’s never had a day off and she’s coming into fruition at exactly the right time. We are very pleased with her work.

“It’s a step up in trip for her, but we won’t know how she will deal with it until we try. But she’s always given me the indication in her work, that she will finish well over seven and her pedigree suggests she ought to stay well.

“It would be fantastic for everyone if she could win the race. It would be great for Beckhampton and Juddmonte Farms, particually as she was Frankel’s first group winning offspring. It would be very special if she could be his first classic winner too.”

Rhododendrom leads the Irish charge, can O’Brien swoop his fourth straight Guineas prize?

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Rhododendron was a mightily impressive winner of the Fillies Mile in October, but only Minding has gone on to win the 1000 Guineas in 18 years.

Aidan O’Brien saddles the favourite Rhododendron, who has been well fancied for this ever since winning the Fillies Mile here last season.

This exciting three-year-old landed a Group Two prize in Ireland, before placing in a Group One contest.

She stepped up under the hands of Ryan Moore to win the prestigious Fillies Mile in an encouraging manner.

The brilliant Minding won that race before landing the first of two fillies classics of the season, many would fancy Rhododendron to follow in her footsteps.

Another Ballydoyle 1-2-3 in the Guineas likely again with strong outside charge.

Hydrangea finishing second in the Group One Moyglare Stakes, Rhododendron finished third, Video from AtTheRaces YouTube channel.

O’Brien is also represented by Hydrangea and Winter who finished first and second at Leopardstown last time out.

The former won by just a head that day, but with an extra furlong to run today Winter has been the big gamble from the punters.

Daban leads British challenge for John Gosden.


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Gosden is hoping for his first winner in the 1000 Guineas since Laban won in 2000.

John Gosden’s Daban puts her unbeaten record on the line in the Group One contest.

The three-year-old was an encouraging winner of the Nell Gwyn Stakes at this track last month, and should make another bold bid guided by popular jockey Frankie Dettori.

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Palmer landed the 2000 Guineas with Galileo Gold last season.

Hugo Palmer admits he is ‘stunned’ by the price of his runner Unforgettable Filly, who finished second behind Daban in the Nell Gwyn.

The three-year-old has never finished outside the top three in her five race career, and she was just under a length off taking the trial of her Gosden rival.

“I think Unforgetable Filly will improve hugely from the Nell Gwyn, where she was beaten only half a length by Daban,” Palmer told his Betfair blog.

“She’s come on a ton from that and looks fantastic, so I can’t quite get my head around how Daban can be 5/1 second favourite and she’s 25/1.

“I think she’s massively overpriced on that basis, and she is crying out for a mile.

“The ground has also come in her favour – it simply cannot be fast enough for her, and she can have no excuses with the draw, so I think she’s primed to run a very big race.”

Best Of The Rest

Rhododendron 6/4
Fair Eva 6/1
Daban 8/1
Winter 9/1
Talaayeb 14/1
Hydrangea 14/1
Intricately 14/1
Poet’s Vanity 18/1
Unforgetable Filly 33/1
Queen Kindly 33/1
Urban Fox 50/1
Kilmah 80/1
Ce La Vie 150/1
Dream Start 250/1

Owen Burrow’s Talaayeb is one of the most unexposed rivals in the field, she has only raced once winning a competitive Newmarket maiden in fine style.

Poet’s Vanity hopes to build on a third place finish in the Nell Gwyn, she ran well that day and deserves to have an each-way chance.

Intricately has proved difficult ever since surprising winning the Moyglare for Joseph O’Brien. She was well beaten in a Leopardstown trial last time out.

Yorkshire trainer Richard Fahey is represented by Queen Kindly who could only finish fifth in a trial at Newbury last time out.

James Tate’s Urban Fox has a consistent record but may need to step up from her Fred Darling second.

The odds look stacked against Mark Johnston’s Kilmah, Keith Dalgleish’s Ce La Vie and John Ryan’s Dream Start.


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