The 1000 Guineas Meeting At Newmarket.
Today, we continue with a diet of Newmarket, and it is a bit like the Monty Python Spam sketch, as we have Newmarket with everything, so you’d better like it!
There is Newmarket and chips; egg, bacon, sausage and Newmarket; egg, bacon and Newmarket; bacon, sausage, baked beans and Newmarket; Or – Lobster Thermidor aux crevettes with a Mornay sauce, served in a Provençale manner with shallots and aubergines, garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried egg on top and ………..Newmarket!
Silliness aside, the Big Race today is the 1000 Guineas which is the race for the girls, which was won by Blue Bunting last year. It’s a pity that she has been retired because of a leg injury she picked up in training.
She has now been put to stud, and was an easy filly to train, so they are hoping for some solid off-spring, with an easy going nature to boot.
So everything is all about Newmarket again, and here is a race-by-race breakdown of the main events on today’s card.
The Dahlia Stakes is open to fillies and mares aged four years plus, over a distance of 1 mile and 1 furlong, on the Rowley course.
This race is named after the highly successful filly of the 1970′s – Dahlia, who won in France, Ireland, England, Canada, and the U.S.A. Winning the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot Racecourse, at the tender age of three!
This years renewal is a very tight race, with the first couple of horses in the betting having the first run after a break. Some of the other girls have some good all-weather form, but may fail at the hands of the higher rated horses, both of which have not had a recent run. So we come round to the first two in the betting again!
The Pretty Polly Stakes is open to three-year-old fillies, over a distance of 1 mile and 2 furlongs, on the Rowley course.
The race is named after a top Irish girl called Pretty Polly, the winner of the Fillies’ Triple Crown in way back in 1904 – Winning the 1,000 Guineas, the Epsom Oaks, and the St. Leger Stakes. Whatta Gal!
Frankie Dettori looks to have the best of the Al Zarooni pair, but remember not many of these girls have been stretched to the 10 furlong mark, and this fact alone, along with thin form, can make this race too tricky.
And here is the Big Race – The 1,000 Guineas Stakes is open to three-year-old fillies, over a distance of 1 mile, on the Rowley course.
This was first run back in 1814, five years after the 2,000 Guineas, to give the ladies a fair race. Sir Charles Bunbury, who has established many other solid races in the race calender.
The French and Italian versions are called the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches and the Premio Regina, and the German and Irish versions are just called…..1,000 Guineas, with the county in front!
This can be a trial for the Nell Gwyn Stakes and the Fred Darling Stakes, or perhaps for the Oaks. It’s the second of five Classic races in Britain, during the Flat Season.
This years race is a hearty field of good, solid class fillies, with an argument to state the case for many. I really like the favourite, but do not make her a 6/4-ish shot, and feel that there will be some value on an overlooked ‘plain-Jane’ who is a right go-er underneath that quiet facade!
This selection will be a Premium/Text Tip.
Other meetings:- Gowran Park hold a Mixed meeting, with a good race – Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Victor McCalmont Memorial Stakes, with some solid horses. Salisbury, and Hamilton blow the cobwebs away, with their first day of racing this Season.