Article Date: 25-April-2012
A total of 26 contenders remain in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas following the latest scratchings’ deadline.
Camelot remains a hot favourite for the classic after a runaway success in the last season’s Racing Post Trophy and is one of three entries going forward for trainer Aidan O’Brien. Ireland’s champion handler may also be represented by Group 1 National Stakes winner Power and Group 3 Leopardstown 2000 Guineas Trial winner Furner’s Green.
Jim Bolger has two remaining entries headed by Group 1 Dubai Dewhurst Stakes winner Parish Hall and the progressive Light Heavy, who won the Group 3 Ballysax Stakes over 10-furlongs on his latest start.
Sea The Stars began his memorable three-year-old campaign with victory in the 2009 2000 Guineas and his three-parts brother Born To Sea could be looking to follow in his footsteps for Currabeg handler John Oxx.
The Roger Charlton-trained Top Offer remains engaged after missing his intended prep run in the Greenham Stakes at Newbury and will come into the Classic with only a maiden success to his name.
Richard Hannon has five entries going forward, including impressive Novae Bloodstock Insurance Craven Stakes winner Trumpet Major. He could also be represented by Dubai Dewhurst Stakes fourth Bronterre, who disappointed on his reappearance in the Greenham Stakes on Saturday, and last season’s Group 3 Somerville Tattersall Stakes winner Crius.
Alan McCabe will be chasing his first classic success with multiple Group-winner Caspar Netscher, who completed a rare double last season when winning the Gimcrack Stakes at York and Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury. He made the best possible return this season with an authoritative success in Newbury’s Greenham Stakes, where he got the better of John Hills’ stable star Boomerang Bob.
Godolphin could be represented Mandaean, who joined Mahmood Al Zarooni’s string after an easy success in last season’s Group 1 Criterium De Saint-Cloud when trained in France by Andre Fabre. The highly-touted Mighty Ambition remains a possible despite finishing fifth in the Novae Bloodstock Insurance Craven Stakes.
A strong potential French challenge is headed by the first three home in this season’s Group 3 Prix Djebel, run at Maisons-Laffitte on April 5, with French Fifteen, Abtaal and Hermival all going forward. The last-named’s stablemate Dragon Pulse remains engaged for trainer Mikel Delzangles, successful with Makfi in 2010, after bursting Dabirsim’s bubble in the Group Three Prix Fontainebleau at Longchamp on April 15.
Racing Post Trophy third Fencing is on schedule to make the line-up for the £350,000 Group 1 QIPCO 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on Saturday, May 5, despite missing an intended reappearance at the Craven meeting last week.
Trainer John Gosden worked the son of Street Cry with one of his other QIPCO Guineas Festival contenders, Masked Marvel,at Newmarket’s July Course yesterday morning.
Gosden was granted permission to work the duo because both are likely runners in Group races at the QIPCO Guineas Festival, with Masked Marvel being aimed at the £100,000 Group 2 Qatar Bloodstock Jockey Club Stakes. The pair worked over just shy of a mile with William Buick on board St Leger hero Masked Marvel and Nicky Mackay taking the reins on Fencing.
Commenting after the workout, Gosden said: “Fencing went nicely and we are still hoping to get him to the QIPCO 2000 Guineas. I was pleased with how he went.
“A toe clip went into his foot and he was sore, so we had to sit out the Craven meeting. But he is back in good form now and there is no reason why he wouldn't go straight there.
“I was pleased enough with Masked Marvel. It was just a little on the soft side for him, so we want some drying weather to ensure his participation in the Qatar Bloodstock Jockey Club Stakes.
“We very much want to run him - it’s been the plan all winter.”
MAYBE HEADS 24 ACCEPTORS IN QIPCO 1000 GUINEAS
Maybe is one of 24 fillies going forward in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas, run on Sunday week, May 6th, following the latest scratchings’ deadline. The daughter of Galileo carried all before her in an unbeaten juvenile campaign which culminated with a Group 1 victory in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh in August. Trained by Aidan O’Brien, she could be joined by recent Leopardstown 1000 Guineas Trial winner Homecoming Queen, Up and Wonderful.
The Irish could also be represented by last year’s Group 1 Jaguar Cars Cheveley Park Stakes winner Lightening Pearl and David Wachman’s Fire Lily, who was second in Group 1 Prix Marcel Boussac at Longchamp in October. Kevin Prendergast could saddle Group 1 winner La Collina, who beat Power in the Phoenix Stakes before finding Maybe too good in the Moyglare Stud Stakes.
Godolphin’s Discourse created a huge impression when slamming her rivals in the Group 3 german-thoroughbred.com Sweet Solera Stakes at Newmarket in July. The filly will be joined by stable companion Lyric Of Light, who rounded off an unbeaten juvenile campaign with a last-gasp success in the Group 1 Shadwell Fillies’ Mile over the course and distance. Both fillies worked on the Rowley Mile recently and will be bidding to give their trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni a second success in the Classic after Blue Bunting’s storming victory last year.
Mashoora, trained by Jean Claude Rouget, was an impressive winner of the Prix Imprudence at Maisons-Laffitte on April 5 and is one of two remaining French-trained entries, along with the Robert Collet-trained Topeka, who finished fifth in the same contest.
THE QIPCO 2000 GUINEAS (THE 204TH RUNNING)
Class 1, Group 1, part of the QIPCO British Champions Series, £350,000 total prize fund. Saturday, May 5, 2012. For 3-y-o entire colts & fillies, one mile. Weights: colts 9st; fillies 8st 11lb. Entries closed March 6, entries revealed March 7 (63 entries). Scratchings deadline April 24 (26 remain), five-day confirmation stage & £30,000 supplementary entry stage April 30, final declaration stage, 10.00am, May 3. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Monday, April 23.
Form Horse Owner Trainer
211-2 ABTAAL (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum Jean Claude Rouget FR
(1)222-2 BOOMERANG BOB (IRE) R J Tufft John Hills
12- BORN TO SEA (IRE) Christopher Tsui John Oxx IRE
114-3 BRONTERRE Michael Pescod Richard Hannon
11- CAMELOT Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
231150-1 CASPAR NETSCHER Charles Wentworth Alan McCabe
211151-5 COUPE DE VILLE (IRE) Macdonald, Wright, Creed, Smith & Jiggins Richard Hannon
11221-2 CRIUS (IRE) Titan Assets Richard Hannon
2112-1 DRAGON PULSE (IRE) Tan Kai Chah Mikel Delzangles FR
21123- FARRAAJ (IRE) Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Roger Varian
313- FENCING (USA) George Strawbridge John Gosden
111121-1 FRENCH FIFTEEN (FR) H H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani Nicolas Clement FR
1044-21 FURNER'S GREEN (IRE) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
1-3 HERMIVAL (IRE) Gerard Augustin-Normand Mikel Delzangles FR
2-11 LIGHT HEAVY (IRE) Jackie Bolger Jim Bolger IRE
11- MANDAEAN Godolphin Mahmood Al Zarooni
1-5 MIGHTY AMBITION (USA) Godolphin Mahmood Al Zarooni
12021- PARISH HALL (IRE) Jackie Bolger Jim Bolger IRE
111212- POWER Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
4012-4 PTOLEMAIC Fiona Denniff Bryan Smart
1010-4 REBELLIOUS GUEST John Guest Racing George Margarson
(1)1402-4 REDACT (IRE) Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds III Richard Hannon
311320-(5) RED DUKE (USA) Maxilead Limited John Quinn
15(3)362- SAIGON Patrick Dalby & Richard Schuster James Toller
1- TOP OFFER Khalid Abdulla Roger Charlton
021415-1 TRUMPET MAJOR (IRE) John Manley Richard Hannon
26 entries remain after April 24 scratchings deadline
THE FOLLOWING 37 ENTRIES HAVE BEEN SCRATCHED: AKEED MOFEED, ALJAMAAHEER (IRE), AMONG EQUALS, APOLLO (IRE), B FIFTY TWO (IRE), BEAUFORT TWELVE, BORN TO SURPRISE, CHANDLERY (IRE), CRUSADE (USA), DADDY LONG LEGS (USA), EASTERN SUN (IRE), EKTIHAAM (IRE), FARHAAN (USA), FOXTROT ROMEO (IRE), GATEPOST (IRE), HARBOUR WATCH (IRE), HAZAZ (IRE), HEAVY WEIGHT (IRE), KINGLET (USA), MATUSALEN (SPA), MIBLISH, MINSTRELS GALLERY (IRE), MOST IMPROVED (IRE), NAWWAAR (USA), NEPHRITE, PEARL MIX (IRE), PERIPHERY (USA), PRINCE ALZAIN (USA), RAYVIN BLACK, REPLY (IRE), ROCKINANTE (FR), SOLAR DEITY (IRE), SPIRITUAL STAR (IRE), TAIGAN (USA), TALES OF GRIMM (USA), WROTE (IRE), ZUMBI (IRE)
THE QIPCO 1000 GUINEAS (THE 199TH RUNNING)
Class 1, Group 1, part of the QIPCO British Champions Series, £350,000 total prize fund. Sunday, May 6, 2012. For 3-y-o fillies, one mile. Weights: 9st. Entries closed March 6, entries revealed March 7 (70 entries). Scratchings deadline April 24 (24 remain), six-day confirmation stage & £30,000 supplementary entry stage April 30, final declaration stage, 10.00am, May 4. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Monday, April 23.
Form Horse Owner Trainer
12- ALLA SPERANZA Kirsten Rausing Jim Bolger IRE
21- DIALA (IRE) Abdulla Al Khalifa William Haggas
11- DISCOURSE (USA) Godolphin Mahmood Al Zarooni
341222-2 FIRE LILY (IRE) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier David Wachman IRE
13- GRAY PEARL Raymond Mould Charlie Hills
4(3)121(0)-01 HOMECOMING QUEEN (IRE) Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
1213- LA COLLINA (IRE) Jorg Vasicek Kevin Prendergast IRE
2100-5 LADY GORGEOUS Jaber Abdullah Mick Channon
(2)(1)(1) LAUGH OUT LOUD Ann Black, Mohammed Al Qatami & Khalid Al Mudhaf Mick Channon
21311- LIGHTENING PEARL (IRE) Pearl Bloodstock Ltd Ger Lyons IRE
351226-3 LILY'S ANGEL (IRE) Middleham Park Racing XLVIII Richard Fahey
111- LYRIC OF LIGHT Godolphin Mahmood Al Zarooni
122-1 MASHOORA (IRE) Hamdan Al Maktoum Jean Claude Rouget FR
11111- MAYBE (IRE) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
024331-2 NAYARRA (IRE) Prince A A Faisal Mick Channon
123-2 RADIO GAGA Multiplex Racing Ed McMahon
1- RECKONING (IRE) The Hon William Vestey Jeremy Noseda
312321-0 SAMITAR Nick & Olga Dhandsa, John & Zoe Webster Mick Channon
1-4 STARSCOPE Cheveley Park Stud John Gosden
41025-6 SUNDAY TIMES Allan Belshaw Peter Chapple-Hyam
1- THE FUGUE Lord Lloyd-Webber John Gosden
361111-5 TOPEKA (IRE) Gerry Oldham Robert Collet FR
0(1)4-(2)3 UP (IRE) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
(2)2- WONDERFUL (IRE) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
24 entries remain after April 24 scratchings deadline
THE FOLLOWING 46 ENTRIES HAVE BEEN SCRATCHED: AFTER (IRE), AHIMSA (IRE), AMTHAL (IRE), APPEALING (IRE), AZEVILLE (GER), BEST TERMS, COCKNEY DANCER, COQUET, DEVOTION (IRE), DULKASHE (IRE), ELUSIVE KATE (USA), EXCELETTE (IRE), FALLS OF LORA (IRE), FILLIONAIRE, FIRDAWS (USA), GAMILATI, GATHERING (USA), HELLO DUBAI, IRISH CLIFF (IRE), JANEY MUDDLES (IRE), KISSED (IRE), KUNOOZ (IRE), LACILY (USA), LILY AMERICA (FR), MISS AZEZA, MISS WORK OF ART, MUAAMARA, PEARL DIVA (IRE), PETALUMA, PIMPERNEL (IRE), POSTALE, PREFERENTIAL, REGATTA (FR), RESTIADARGENT (FR), RUSSELLIANA, SAFARJAL (IRE), SEMAYYEL (IRE), SHAME ON YOU (IRE), TIFFILIA (IRE), TOPTEMPO, TWIRL (IRE), VILLENEUVE, WADING (IRE), WAHYLAH (IRE), WHAT'S UP (IRE), YELLOW ROSEBUD (IRE)
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