In The Notebook: Who should you keep an eye on after Guineas weekend

After the 2000 and 1000 Guineas, we look over who has impressed us from Newmarket and also from Sagaro day at Ascot.

Barney Roy (Second in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on Saturday)

Our tip for the 2000 Guineas, and he ran a huge race. Weaving his way through traffic he went on to finish second to Churchill with very little between the pair. He may be suited to a stiffer track, and could be seen running a good race in the St James’ Palace Stakes. A classy progressive prospect in the making for Richard Hannon.

Blue Point (Second the Pavilion Stakes at Ascot on Wednesday)

This Godolphin three-year-old was Wednesday’s NAP and ran out a very encouraging winner of the Group Three Pavilion Stakes at Ascot. He looks like a really exciting prospect in the making, and could be one to go to the Commonwealth Cup with a massive chance.

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Next Stage was only narrowly denied in the big handicap formally known as the Suffolk Stakes.

Next Stage (Second in the Spring Lodge at Newmarket on Saturday)

Another for Godolphin who has impressed us, Next Stage ran really well in the Spring Lodge at Newmarket and looked like winning for the majority of the race. He could be a class handicapper throughout the season, and may have a big chance in the Royal Hunt Cup at Ascot.

Yucatan (Second in the Group Two Derrinstown Derby at Leopardstown on Sunday)

He finished second in Ireland by the shortest of margins, Aidan O’Brien’s three-year-old was only just beaten in the Derrinstown Derby Trial to stable rival. He came from a long way back, picking up well at the end. He remains a huge prospect with the pedigree, and could run a massive race if he turns up at Epsom for the Derby.

Belgravia (Won a maiden at Leopardstown on Sunday)

A brilliantly bred filly for Ballydoyle who was an excellent winner at Leopardstown over 1m4f. It was her third time of asking in maiden company and she should progress after getting her head in front. She looks to be improving, and may be a classic contender if she can step up even more.

City Of Joy (Won a handicap at Doncaster on Saturday)

Sir Michael Stoute’s three-year-old looked really classy when battling on late to win at Doncaster. He won a good handicap by a neck over a mile, but he struggled for pace throughout the race before running on strongly to pick up the prize. Over a longer trip he could run a few more big races, and we will be following him.


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