1000 Guineas Runner-By-Runner Guide

By Samantha

The 2000 Guineas was an exiting race yesterday and it was won by the Aidan O’Brien trained Magna Grecia under his son Donnacha. The field split into two groups and there is the possibility of that in this too.

How could it play out?

I think it could be ran very similarly to the 2000 with the Aidan O’Brien horses dictating how it is ran. Fleeting could be the pacemaker for Just Wonderful up the stands side as they are closely drawn. This would be in a similar way to the way Shine So Bright unintentionally acted as a pacemaker for Magna Grecia. Just Wonderful could follow Fleeting through to mount her challenge. The same could be said for Skitter Scatter who is drawn in eleven next to Fleeting and is likely to be prominent. Dandhu will be dropped out behind them for a late thrust and Garrel Glen will be near the back as it could all be a bit too much.

Fairyland could make the running on the other side as she’s drawn in one and be followed by Iridessa and Hermosa. Lady Kaya could be near the pace from middle draw with Star Terms, Mon Juste, Qabala, Iconic Choice and Look Around in mid division. Angels Hideaway is likely to be dropped out as she’s not very quick out of the stalls.

There is the chance that the majority could come down the stands side though with the lower drawn horses (Fairyland, Mot Juste, Iridessa, Hermosa, Star Terms and possibly Qabala) heading that way.

HERE IS YOUR RUNNER BY RUNNER GUIDE OF THE 1000 GUINEAS……

No1 – ANGELS HIDEAWAY
T – John Gosden
J – Robert Havlin

This filly was kept busy last season running eight times. She won the Princess Margaret Keenland Stakes at Ascot in July. Later on, she was just behind Mon Juste when carrying a 3lbs penalty in the Oh So Sharp and was the same margin behind that filly in the Nell Gwyn. She fell out of the stalls that day and has each way claims but a bit to find with Mon Juste, Qabala and Fairyland.

No2 – DANDHU
T – David Elsworth
J – Gerald Mosse

David Elsworth’s charge won her maiden on the third time of asking in good style and was second in the Rockfel next time. She was the short head winner of the Fred Darling with Iconic Choice in second and Star Terms further behind.

No3 – FAIRYLAND
T – Aidan O’Brien
J – Frankie Dettori

She’s a dual group two and listed winner and has only been beaten once, which was in the Albany with Angels Hideaway a place behind. She’s stepping up from six furlongs and there isn’t much stamina in her pedigree so that’s a worry. She’s got a big future at the shorter trips.

No4 – FLEETING
T – Aidan O’Brien
J – Seamie Heffernan

This filly won on debut but was last next time in a race that Skitter Scatter finished second in. She was third behind Just Wonderful in a group three and then won the May Hill with Star Terms in second but is by no means the best of the Aidan four. She’s drawn close to Just Wonderful so could be her pace maker.

No5 – GARREL GLEN
T – T M Tompkins
J – John Egan

Sixth on debut at 100/1. Made all and won next time in a class five at Newmarket. Course form is a plus but she’s really up against it.

No6 – HERMOSA
T – Aidan O’Brien
J – Wayne Lordan

Won on her second start and followed in Skitter Scatter on her next two starts. She won a group three at Naas in September and was then second in the Fillies Mile over course and distance behind Iridessa. She was second in a group one when last seen but looks to be held by Skitter Scatter.

No7 – ICONIC CHOICE
T – Tom Dascombe
J – Richard Kingscote

This horse has really progressed through the ranks through her two year old campaign and won a Listed race on her ninth start but has won five times in all, at a lower level. She was only a short head behind Dandhu and ran on really well towards the end of the Fred Darling. Decent each way chance if repeating that.

No8 – IRIDESSA
T – Joseph O’Brien
J – Donnacha O’Brien.

Her jockey is fresh from tasting more classic success in the 2000 Guineas but Wayne Lordan rode her when she won the Group One Fillies Mile with Hermosa in second. She was behind Skitter Scatter on her second ever start with Lady Kaya ahead also and was third on seasonal reappearance behind Lady Kaya once again. I have questions about how ready she will be.

No9 – JUST WONDERFUL
T – Aidan O’Brien
J – Ryan Moore

She was thrown in at the deep end after winning on debut when running in the Albany. She won a group three over a mile in September and was then seventh in the Moyglare. Hermosa, Lady Kaya and Skitter Scatter were all ahead. She won the Rockfel beating subsequent winner Dandhu and was then fourth at the Breeders Cup but that form hasn’t worked out great.

No10 – LADY KAYA
T – Sheila Lavery
J – Robbie Colgan

It would be really nice if this filly won for connections. She showed she was smart on her second start when winning by a whopping ten lengths to Pink Dogwood, who is well fancied for the Oaks, but was then fourth and second to Skitter Scatter. She didn’t handle being dropped to six furlongs and was beaten two and a quarter lengths by Fairyland. On seasonal reappearance, she was the winner of the trial for this, which was on soft going. She would appreciate some cut in the ground but that isn’t too important. She’ll be bang there.

No11 – LOOK AROUND
T – Andrew Balding
J – Oisin Murphy

This Kingman filly won on her second start and then won a Fillies Listed race well. She ran better than figures suggest when beaten three lengths on her next two starts including when following Qabala, Mon Juste and Angels Hideaway.

No12 – MOT JUSTE
T – Roger Varian
J – William Buick

It took her three tries to win but did so very well when the penny dropped and she then won the Oh So Sharp Stakes with Angels Hideaway in second. She had nothing left when Qabala passed her in the Nell Gwyn and will have to improve to beat her stablemate.

No 13 – QABALA
T – Roger Varian
J – David Egan

By Scat Daddy, this filly won her maiden over seven furlongs and then won the Nell Gwyn on just her second lifetime start. She did quite a bit wrong and will have come on for this so has to be a leading player. This is a huge opportunity for young jockey David Egan, who reeps the benefits from Andrea Atzeni’s ban for these few days.

No14 – SKITTER SCATTER
T – John Ox and Patrick Prendergast
J – Ronan Whelan

Scat Daddy’s second runner, she has never been out of the top three and won a Dundalk maiden over five furlongs on her second start. Since then, experienced connections have stepped her up in trip whilst being kept in high company. She is the winner of her last three and progressed through the grades to win the full set of group races. She’s finished ahead of a lot of these before so she should be near the lead towards the end. This will be her first try at a mile but her dam won over ten furlongs for Jessica Harrington.

No 15 – STAR TERMS
T – Richard Hannon
J – James Doyle

The trainer won this last year and had the second of the 2000 Guineas at 66/1. This horse won her third and fourth start after being stepped up to seven furlongs and was second to Fleeting, third in a group one in France and fourth in the Fred Darling. Bit to find but classy horse.

VERDICT

Like the 2000, this race is wide open and I’d give a few fillies a shout. SKITTER SCATTER is a really nice horse who’s already a winner at the top level and has the beating of a lot of these. I hope Qabala gives David Egan a good spin and she’ll be close at the finish. Lady Kaya is also a player and Just Wonderful will have a good run through behind Fleeting. Fairyland has lots of scope for the future but I have stamina doubts.

1st Skitter Scatter

In any order…

2nd Qabala
3rd Lady Kaya
4th Just Wonderful

REIN IT IN TEAM SELECTIONS

Luke – Skitter Scatter
Killian – Look Around
Lois – Skitter Scatter / Hermosa EW

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