Timeform’s Tony McFadden highlights three points of interest from last weekend.
Snow Lantern enters the 1,000 Guineas scene
There were some promising colts in the opening division of the mile maiden at Newbury on Sunday but they had to settle for minor honours behind Richard Hannon’s filly Snow Lantern, who underlined her classic credentials with an impressive one and three-quarter-length success in a time that compared well to the other races on the card over the same trip.
Hannon is considering his options with Snow Lantern, but she would be a big player in the 1000 Guineas if allowed to take her chance at Newmarket. She is certainly bred for the job, being a daughter of Frankel out of 1000 Guineas winner Sky Lantern, and is clearly a top-notch prospect. She has the Timeform ‘large P’ attached to her rating, which indicates that she is expected to make significant improvement.
Appleby strength in three-year-old ranks
Charlie Appleby could hardly have started the season in better form and was dominant at Newmarket last week, sending out a one-two in the Feilden Stakes and the Craven Stakes. However, if the market is to be believed, Appleby has an even better three-year-old to unleash in the shape of One Ruler, who has been backed into favouritism for the 2000 Guineas on the back of positive whispers and the performances of his stablemates.
One Ruler was narrowly Appleby’s highest-rated juvenile last season based on the form of his win in the Autumn Stakes – contested over the same course and distance as the 2000 Guineas – and his encouraging second in the Futurity Trophy.
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Mithras has plenty to offer after Newbury win
Three-year-old handicaps at this early stage of the season often prove to be strong pieces of form and plenty of winners should emerge from the seven-furlong event at Newbury on Friday. It was won by a horse bound for pattern company in the shape of Mithras, but connections may first be tempted by another handicap en route to Group races. Mithras had looked a good prospect when getting off the mark at Newcastle in November and he took another step forward on his handicap debut at Newbury, impressing with his strength at the finish. He will be well suited by stepping back up to a mile and has plenty still to offer.
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