ARIZONA is fancied to make it third time lucky against hot favourite Pinatubo and give Aidan O’Brien his 11th triumph in the QIPCO 2,000 Guineas (3.35) at Newmarket on Saturday.
Pinatubo is the odds-on favourite to extend his unbeaten run in the colts’ Classic after gaining six wins from six starts as a two-year-old.
Two of those successes saw him finish in front of Arizona, but there are reasons to believe the Ballydoyle colt can gain his revenge.
The selection was beaten over nine lengths when third to the Godolphin colt in the Group 1 National Stakes at the Curragh last September.
But he narrowed that gap to two lengths when second to his rival in the top-level Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket the following month.
O’Brien always maintained that Ryan Moore’s mount, who had the cards stacked against him when fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita on his final outing at two, would be a better horse in his Classic campaign.
And the son of No Nay Never, whose trainer simply has no equal when it comes to preparing horses for the Rowley Mile test, is worthy of each-way support at the very least.
Pinatubo was an outstanding youngster, and isn’t taken on lightly.
But the bookies aren’t blind to his strengths and Charlie Appleby’s hotpot makes little appeal at his cramped odds.
Those looking for an involvement at bigger prices should back Kinross.
Time anoraks were doing handsprings when the Ralph Beckett trainee scored impressively at Newmarket last October.
Kinross didn’t enjoy the run of the race when fifth to Kameko in the Vertem Futurity Trophy, run on Tapeta at Newcastle after Doncaster’s turf fell prey to waterlogging, but the son of Kingman still has a very bright future.
Saturday’s racing tips:
1.15 STONE OF DESTINY
1.50 FAR ABOVE
3.35 ARIZONA (NB)
5.20 SMOKEY BEAR
5.55 ROCK EAGLE
4.20 BAILEYS BREATHLESS
4.55 SOLDIER’S SON
5.30 DRAGON SUN
7.15 JUANITO CHICO
7.50 MR POY
8.25 THAI POWER
12.55 CAPTAIN MAGNUM
1.30 MERCHANT OF VENICE
2.40 WITHHOLD (NAP)
3.15 PALACE PIER
4.30 KENDRED SOUL
6.15 POUR ME A DRINK
DOUBLE: WITHHOLD and ARIZONA