Boom! It’s 2000 Guineas day Saturday and the ITV cameras are back in action at HQ and Newcastle in a seven-race televisual feast of hardcore racing action.
I can’t wait.
This is the Group 3 Palace House Stakes over 5f and a it is wide-open renewal. MAJOR JUMBO might be vulnerable to one of the younger brigade, but his third-place finish in 2019 in this contest he has every chance of going two places better for Kevin Ryan.
His front-running style on fast ground will make him hard to catch.
John Gosden’s Terebellum will be popular in the Group 2 Dahlia Stakes over 1m 2f for fillies, but I will take a chance with MAGIC LILY for Charley Appleby. The filly was in great form in Dubai earlier this year and her rating gives her every chance.
We are over 1m 2f for a Listed contest for colts and geldings. All eyes here on WALDKONIG, who looked like a potential monster when scoring at Wolverhampton on his debut. This is a big step up in class and a different surface, but the potential for this horse is huge.
The finale at Newmarket on ITV at least is the feature race, the Group 1 Classic that is the 2000 Guineas over 1m. I have no doubt PINATUBO will take all the beating here as the outstanding juvenile of 2019. Quite simply on form he’s better than all the others for trainer Charlie Appleby.
If you’re looking for a little more value each-way Hector Crouch could be in for a fabulous ride on MILITARY MARCH for Saeed bin Suroor. He might be more of an Epsom Derby horse in time (he’s the ante-post favourite), but can out-run his odds on Saturday.
Meanwhile, over at Newcastle there’s a 7f handicap to enjoy. Daarik could be a league apart, but I’ll have a few quid each-way on top-weight KAESO, who was in tremendous form when last seen at the end of last season. That included a fabulous second at Ascot in a big field. If he returns in similar vein for Nigel Tinkler, he must go well.
Next at Newcastle is the Group 3 Sagaro Stakes – usually run at Ascot – over an extended 2m. Royal Line has plenty of potential, but I’m going with proven stayer WITHHOLD, who could kick off a huge weekend for trainer Roger Charlton. When he’s on song, Withhold is very hard to catch and jockey Richard Kingscote is excellent from the front on a hrose like this. I’ll back him each-way.
ITV sign off with a handicap over 1m. PALACE PIER will be short odds and is the very likely winner for John Gosden. A costly purchase at 600,000 guineas, my hope won well bot times at Sandown last season over 7f. He should have much more to offer.
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