2000 Guineas runner-by-runner guide for Saturday’s Newmarket Classic

Every runner in profile for the first Classic of the flat season.


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The first Classic of the flat season takes place at 3.40pm on Saturday May 1 as 15 colts embark on the Rowley Mile for the 2000 Guineas – and Paddy Power News has everything you need to know with this handy runner-by-runner guide.

Albadri (Ire)

Trainer: Jane Chapple-Hyam Jockey: Hollie Doyle

Useful effort when winning 1m Southwell handicap in January but well beaten in Saudi Arabia and a Kempton conditions event since. Big outsider.

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Battleground (Usa)

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien Jockey: Frankie Dettori

Chesham and Vintage winner last summer who wasn’t seen to best effect (caught too far back) when staying on for threelengths second in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (1m) final start. Likely more to come.

Chindit (Ire)

Trainer: Richard Hannon Jockey: Pat Dobbs

Bombed out in Dewhurst but that’s his sole defeat in five starts, leaving impression 1m is sure to suit when leading late on in Greenham at Newbury. Stable had several go well in this down the years.

Devilwala (Ire)

Trainer: Ralph Beckett Jockey: Rossa Ryan

Smart effort when fourth in Dewhurst here last autumn but that’s comfortably his best run to date, beaten 5½ lengths into fourth by Master of The Seas in Craven on course and distance return. Would be a shock winner.

Legion Of Honour

Trainer: Roger Varian Jockey: David Egan

Confirmed turf debut promise when landing odds in Newcastle novice in November and shaped very well when ½-length second of 4 to Megallan in listed race back there (1m) 29 days ago. More to come.

Lucky Vega (Ire)

Trainer: Mrs J. Harrington, Ireland Jockey: Shane Foley

Ready winner of Group 1 Phoenix at the Curragh last August. Met trouble when behind a few of these in National (7f) and back on song when second in Middle Park here final start. Stamina an unknown.

Master Of The Seas (Ire)

Trainer: Charlie Appleby Jockey: William Buick

Turned over at short odds by Naval Crown on Meydan return but showed his true colours with hood added when quickening up well to win Craven over C&D last month. The choice of Buick from yard’s trio.


Trainer: Charles Hills Jockey: Jim Crowley

Course debut winner at two-years-old who looked really good when bolting up in small-field conditions race back here (7f, good to firm) 18 days ago. Subsequently supplemented for this. Not to be underestimated.

Mystery Smiles (Ire)

Trainer: Andrew Balding Jockey: Silvestre De Sousa

Very useful colt who proved his stamina for 1m when good 3¾ lengths third of 10 to Master of The Seas in Craven on C&D return. Yard won this last year but surprise if he can stage a repeat.

Naval Crown

Trainer: Charlie Appleby Jockey: Adam Kirby

Improved form when readily making all in 1m listed race at Meydan in February by 1¾ lengths from Master of The Seas. Backed that up when second in Free Handicap here 17 days ago. One of three for stable.

One Ruler (Ire)

Trainer: Charlie Appleby Jockey: James Doyle

Beat Van Gogh by 1¾ lengths to win C&D Group 3 last October and just as good when ¾-length second to Mac Swiney in Futurity at Doncaster a fortnight later. Buick looks elsewhere but still respected.

Poetic Flare (Ire)

Trainer: J. S. Bolger, Ireland Jockey: K. J. Manning

Wrapped up his juvenile campaign with a 7f Leopardstown Group 3 success and reappeared with win in 2000 Guineas Trial there last month. Will stay 1m and capable of better still.

Thunder Moon (Ire)

Trainer: Joseph Patrick O’Brien Jockey: Declan McDonogh

Looked potentially high-class when overcoming trouble to beat Wembley in National Stakes last September. Possible excuses when behind that rival in Dewhurst and remains a top prospect.

Van Gogh (Usa)

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien Jockey: Seamie Heffernan

Runner-up three times in Group company before finally getting job done at pattern level in Criterium at Saint-Cloud (1m, heavy) in October. One of three solid contenders for yard seeking 11th win in this.

Wembley (Ire)

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien Jockey: Ryan Moore

Didn’t win a maiden until his fourth start, but improved in leaps and bounds in the autumn, chasing home Thunder Moon in National before finishing ahead of that rival in Dewhurst.




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