Sean Goff | 1,000 Guineas preview
Henry Cecil will want to let his horses do the talking in Sunday’s 1,000 Guineas after a botched biography unnerved the King of Calm.
The Newmarket trainer’s Hot Snap heads the 15 runners after an impressive win in the Nell Gwyn Stakes last month from the unbeaten Charlie Hills-trained Just the Judge who is owned by the big-race sponsor.
Richard Hannon’s Sky Lantern – winner of the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh – was second to Hot Snap under a 3lb penalty that day but jockey Richard Hughes didn’t knock her about when her chance had gone. While the stable also runs Maureen who won the Fred Darling Stakes at Newbury.
Cecil is looking for his seventh 1,000 Guineas winner – but his first since 1999 – while but the jungle drums are beating louder for What A Name who many good judges believes is the best thing to come out of France since Thierry Henry.
- Of the seven Gallic raiders to contest the fillies’ Classic in the past decade, two have won and two have been placed.
Mikel Delzangles is no stranger to winning Newmarket Classics with 33-1 rag Makfi triumphing in the 2000 Guineas in 2010 and the French trainer is hopeful his runner can win the fillies Classic.
Her progress is good and, yes, we are trying to replicate what Makfi did, but it’s a big ask. What A Name looks in great form, she’s very easy to ride, she has a good temperament, as well as a good turn of foot.
The winner’s enclosure at Newmarket is like a second home for Aidan O’Brien who won this last year with 25-1 poke Homecoming Queen. Ryan Moore dashes back from Saturday night’s Kentucky Derby to ride Ballydoyle outsider Snow Queen while Joseph O’Brien takes the reigns aboard the supplemented Moth while Dermot Weld completes the overseas challenge with impressive maiden winner Rasmeyaa.