Not strong thoughts really, I haven’t had a bet in race. I think One Ruler will do well this season, whether it’s at Group 1 level or he has to drop down to Group 2/3, more likely the latter. He won the Autumn Stakes over CD, but that race is usually won by horses that go on to do well over middle/staying distances so I am not convinced about today, if he runs well enough that will be a good sign for rest of season though.Anyone got strong thoughts on tomorrow's 2000 Guineas?
I like Mutasaabeq at a half decent price. Thought he was impressive at Newmarket last time. Not a recognised trial for this but he is unbeaten and yard thought that he was a bit immature, so have given him a relatively easy start to his career. Looked very professional last time though. Charlie Hills' horses seem to be running very well too, at the moment. Dam is Ghanaati who won the 1000 Guineas and was an outstanding miler, by Giants Causeway.
Obviously Aidan O'Brien has such a select squad to choose from and has an outstanding record in the race. He only runs three this year which I suspect is less than normal. Wembley seems to be well-fancied, (and has been the subject of good reports);outstandingly bred too. By Galileo, (unsurprisingly), and dam Inca Princess has a great record at stud. All wins have come with some ease in ground though. That probably won;t be key, but it could be pretty quick at Newmarket tomorrow, I suspect? We've had some rain in Norwich today, (some 50 odd miles from Newmarket), but that;s the first time there has been any moisture for at least two weeks, (although temperatures have also been pretty cool for most of that time).
I'd say pretty disappointing British army for the race, in truth. No John Gosden or Sir Michael Stoute horses, (Johnny G is severely lacking runners on the card), Roger Varian only has a long-shot. Charlie Appleby has three, (all sons of Dubawi); Master of the Seas and One Ruler are both well bred and could well have more to come. Irish make up a third of the 15 strong field though. Irish plus Godolphin over half the field.