Qatar Racing Handicap
ADAMANT steps up in trip today which can only be seen as a positive for the Micheal Stoute trained horse, who is a worthy favourite, having finished second in a handicap at Newbury last month. Wolf Country could be seen as a potential danger for the inform Charlie Appleby and William Buick however his mark maybe a little too high, the same can be also said for the Roger Verian trained UAE Prince. The Grand Visir for William Haggas could run well too, with staying qualities of 1m6f and seen to improve this season with Silvestre De Sousa in the saddle.
Charm Spirit Dahlia Stakes (Group 2)
There isn’t a lot to say about this race, as the hot favourite WUHEIDA should take all the beating on it’s Breeder’s cup win back in November and despite getting a penalty for that it is hard to see any of these getting close should it run anywhere to it’s previous level. Each way claims could be made for Tisbutadream on his form towards the end of last season and with Ryan Moore riding.
A competitive race, with Mr Lupton being a worthy favourite, having won this last year off a higher mark and makes his seasonal reappearance. Eastern Impact is also a past winner of this race and finished second last year and ran well on his first start of the season however a chance is given to VICTORY ANGEL for the Roger Verian stable, who has a mixed bag of form however has won over course and distance, with De Sousa riding which can only be a positive.
Qipco 1000 Guineas Stakes (Group 1)
The highlight race which as usual looks very open. Aiden O’Brien has a strong hand in this race and Happily heads the betting. Ryan Moore arrives from the states for the ride and she is seen as a big danger on her form from last season, winning group ones over the mile trip. Soliloquy is interesting and it is hard to write off anything of Buick and Appleby at the minute and was impressive in winning a group 3 at Newmarket last month. However for me, the bet in the race is the Ballydoyle second string, I CAN FLY who has a similar profile to last year’s winner Winter. She is lightly raced but is open to a big improvement, having ran well in last month’s trial but was given a very much educational gallop more than anything. LAURENS is for me her main danger, having won the group one fillies mile towards the end of last season.
Havana Gold Maiden Stakes
An intriguing maiden, FLY THE NEST is for me the worthy favourite, with the yard having a good striker with horses on debut this season. The horse cost 200,000 euros yearling and goes for the inform duo, with Charlie Appleby having won this last year with a debutant. Konchek is also a danger, running first time for Clive Cox, who had a winning 2 year old first time out at Ascot on Wednesday. Barend Boy has race course experience, finishing second on debut at Leicester where it ran on late but the horse isn’t on the same level of breeding as some of these and could struggle against some potentially very good 2 year olds.