The first major Flat races of the season are here- and Sunday brings us the Qipco 1,000 Guineas.
It’s a Classic contest for the fillies over one mile at Newmarket (3.35pm).
Favourite for this year’s renewal is the unbeaten Quadrilateral, a daughter of Frankel, a mightily impressive winner of the 2,000 Guineas back in 2011.
Aidan O’Brien saddles Love and he has trained four out of the past ten winners, with only two favourites obliging in that time.
Millisle comes out well on the stats, while Cloak Of Spirits is one of the more unexposed runners.
So can Quadrilateral see them all off?
Here’s Mirror Racing’s guide to the Qipco 1,000 Guineas ( 3.35pm, Newmarket, Sunday):
1 – Boomer (7) (Tom Dascombe/Richard Kingscote) 14/1**
Fifth behind Quadrilateral (first) and Love (third) in the 2019 Fillies’ Mile, weakening in the final furlong. Should give her running but quite a few ahead of her here.
2 – Cloak Of Spirits (5) (Richard Hannon/Andrea Atzeni) 11/1
Scooted in at Ascot on debut so shows she acts early in the season. Third in the Rockfel doing her best work at the finish, but behind Boomer prior to that. Could be plenty left in the tank.
3 – Final Song (2) (Saeed bin Suroor/Pat Cosgrave) 33/1
Had four runs in Dubai/Saudi Arabia early this year so fitness won’t be a problem. Behind Raffle Prize over sprint trips on turf however. Look elsewhere.
4 – Graceful Magic (9) (Eve Johnson Houghton/Charles Bishop) 66/1
Good handicap form but that leaves her well short here. Runner-up to fellow outsider Rose Of Kildare in the Firth of Clyde Stakes. Big outsider.
5 – Les Hogues (3) (George Baker/Cieran Fallon) 25/1
Second to Dream And Do in the Group Three Prix Miesque in October. That rival won the French 2,000 Guineas so form is useful. Runs for new connections on the quickest ground she has faced.
6 – Love (14) (Aidan O’Brien/Ryan Moore) 9/2
Sole representative of a trainer with a formidable record in the race. Their best two-year-old filly of 2019 won the Moyglare at the Curragh and chased home Quadrilateral at Newmarket.
7 – Millisle (11) (Mrs J. Harrington/Oisin Murphy) 5/1
Irish raider for Jessica Harrington and champion jockey Oisin Murphy.
8 – Quadrilateral (6) (Roger Charlton/Jason Watson) 5/2
Had to work hard to get the better of Powerful Breeze in last season’s Fillies’ Mile, edging up the rail late on. Showed her quality the time before that with a nine length rout. Built like a colt, her trainer has warned she may improve for the race. Sets a good standard.
9 – Raffle Prize (13) (Mark Johnston/Mickael Barzalona) 10/1
Game and consistent, she has not been out of the first two in six starts. Runs Newmarket well and her second to Millisle in September came at the end of a long enough season. Trip asks a new question, but she will run her race.
10 – Romsey (8) (Hughie Morrison/Tom Marquand) 100/1
Form hard to weigh up but on the face of it looks outclassed.
11 – Rose Of Kildare (10) (Mark Johnston/Joe Fanning) 40/1
Two-time Group Three winner and already with 12 runs under her belt. Unlikely to find enough improvement to figure in the finish.
12 – Shimmering (1) (John Gosden/Frankie Dettori) 20/1
Represents top connections, albeit with lots to find from a novice stakes win. Switches to turf for the first time but is only rated 80.
13 – Summer Romance (4) (Charlie Appleby/William Buick) 25/1
An €800,000 purchase with a smart turn of pace. Sent off favourite all four starts, but defeated the last twice, finishing lame at Ascot. A daughter of Kingman and half-sister to Group 1 Coronation Stakes winner Rizeena, the mile should be perfect. Lots to like.
14 – Under The Stars (12) (James Tate/P.J. McDonald) 25/1
Group Three scorer and a credit to connections. Not masses to find with some of these.
15 – Yes Always (15) (Karl Burke/Ben Curtis) 66/1
Looked good on debut at Newcastle but this is a different test altogether.
Quadrilateral will have her supporters after her gutsy win over course and distance in the Fillies’ Mile, but it was hard work that day and she is rated the same as Raffle Prize. Millisle comes out best on form and has solid claims, while Love and Cloak Of Spirits add further strength in depth. However a chance is taken on Charlie Appleby’s SUMMER ROMANCE. Big things were expected of her at two and she didn’t always deliver, but her pedigree promises much if she has trained on.
** Odds correct on Oddschecker at the time of publication