Matt Chapman is Minding himself in the 1000 Guineas as he marks the Sunday card at Newmarket


One Classic down, another to come. Oh yes, an extra blog this weekend with some massive action this Sunday, giving us another chance to smash Paddy. Hear me Paddy? Start shaking in those boots.

The 1.50pm at Newmarket is a handicap over 1m4f, and I like the improving SLUNOVRAT for David Menuisier who is making a bit of a name for himself. The selection hacked up at Windsor last time and is up another 6lb here, but he loves these conditions and will put up a bold show.

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It’s the Group 2 Dahlia at 2.25pm, and the class act here should be Amazing Maria, but it could be tough first time out. I like  JAZZI TOP to hit the frame. John Gosden’s filly improved all of last season, and was a fine second to Covert Love at Longchamp. A slight drop in trip will be no problem.

There’s a tough 6f handicap at Newmarket at 3.00pm, and I’m going to have a few quid eachway on NEW BIDDER for the in-form David Barron stable. In normal circumstances the selection would be one to take on, because a mark of 90 is tough enough. However, this horse is racefit and should at least give us a run for our money after a fine second at Doncaster.

The 1000 Guineas is at 3.40pm, and although she is short I’m lumping on MINDING who was a brilliant juvenile and has 5lb or more in hand on official ratings. She stays strong and the ground is fine. The eachway positions could go to anyone, so I’m just all in Minding.

Elsewhere on Sunday there is an extended 1m6f handicap at Salisbury at 2.05pm, and the eachway selection here is RIDEONASTAR, who may have been unlucky at this track two runs ago when unsteady at the flip start. Brendan Powell’s bottom weight ran well behind Slunovrat last time and hopefully for this column that form is sound.

Finally, I’ve had a look at the 2.45pm at Hamilton, an extended 1m5f handicap. I like topweight MIRSAALE, who is up 7lb for Keith Dalgleish after a romp at Ripon last time. He can defy the extra penalty.

So best of luck, and whatever happens we get more chances next week at Chesater. So see you soon. Yeeehaaa!

What do you think?