Maybe Tops Tops Left In In Guineas
Maybe Tops Tops Left In In Guineas
Sporting Life

Maybe (R)

Ante-post favourite Maybe is among 21 fillies left in the Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on Sunday following the confirmation stage.

The daughter of Galileo heads the market thanks to going through her juvenile campaign unbeaten.

She won five times, culminating in the Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh at the end of August.

Trainer Aidan O’Brien has three other possibles in Leopardstown 1,000 Guineas Trial winner Homecoming Queen, Up and Wonderful.

Lightening Pearl, winner of the Cheveley Park Stakes, could try to give County Meath handler Ger Lyons Classic glory while the other Irish-trained entries are Jim Bolger’s Alla Speranza, David Wachmans’s Fire Lily and Kevin Prendergast’s La Collina.

Mashoora, winner of the Prix Imprudence at Maisons-Laffitte this spring and trained by Jean-Claude Rouget, is the sole remaining French filly.

Godolphin have a strong hand in the shape of Discourse and Lyric Of Light, who both have 100% records for trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni.

Discourse won the Sweet Solera Stakes on the second of her two starts while Lyric Of Light’s three successes included the May Hill Stakes at Doncaster and the Shadwell Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket.

Also among the home contingent are Diala, Gray Pearl, Laugh Out Loud, Lily’s Angel, Nayarra, Radio Gaga, Starscope, Sunday Times and The Fugue.

The list is completed by Moonstone Magic, who has been supplemented by trainer Ralph Beckett.

Beckett was happy to add Moonstone Magic, his Fred Darling Stakes winner, to the Classic field due to the unsettled weather forecast.

The Trade Fair filly was unraced as a juvenile but has won both her starts this term on soft ground.

An eight-length winner at Leicester in mid-April, she followed up in tremendous style in the Newbury fillies’ Classic trial eight days later.

“They are forecast more rain over the next 36 hours with showers for the weekend,” said Beckett.

Newmarket say it will be good ground at best and it is a shade of odds-on to be slower than that given the forecast, in which case we really felt we should run.

“It may be quick running her back again, but she seems to have recovered from her exertions at Newbury so it is the right thing to do.”

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