Newmarket Guinea 300x194 photoNewmarket Guineas Meeting 2013 Preview

 

The first classics of the new flat turf season take place at Newmarket’s Guineas meeting this weekend. Racing is still buzzing with the shock news of illegal substances being administered to several of Godolphin’s racehorses and the subsequent removal of trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni with an eight-year ban. One of those horses was leading 1,000 Guineas fancy Certify but she will not be allowed to race again until the Autumn. However, Godolphin does still have the 2,000 Guineas favourite in Dawn Approach.

 

Jim Bolger trains the unbeaten colt who rounded off his juvenile campaign with a facile victory in a weak looking renewal of the Dewhurst Stakes. Sheikh Mohammed bought a share in Dawn Approach after his victory at Royal Ascot and he went on to prove the best of his generation. Whether he will be quite so dominant as a three-year-old remains to be seen. His main market rival is Richard Hannon’s Toronado, a hugely impressive winner of the Craven Stakes already this season. Although the form may not amount to much, he quickened away under hands and heels from jockey Richard Hughes and looks sure to give the favourite a run for his money.

 

Sunday’s 1000 Guineas has a much more competitive look to it with Hot Snap heading the market for Sir Henry Cecil after winning the Nell Gwynn Stakes. She ran a little green through the early stages as that was only her second racecourse appearance but she was well on top at the finish. Runner-up Sky Lantern travelled ominously well for most of that race but was caught a little flat-footed by the winner. You never quite know what you are going to get with a filly first time out as a three-year-old so it may be worth sticking with proven recent form and Sky Lantern could be each-way value at 12-1.

 

2000 Guineas Toronado 5-2 @ Bet365

1000 Guineas Sky Lantern 12-1 @ Ladbrokes