Following the sublime demolition that Dawn Approach inflicted upon her rivals in the QIPCO 2,000 Guineas on Saturday, is the QIPCO 1,000 Guineas on Sunday in a contest packed with potential.
Hot Snap has been the favourite of the fifteen runners ever since her flawless display in the Nell Gwyn on her return this season. She is an excellent prospect with a serious chance of victory here, but will have to battle it out with What A Name and Just The Judge, both of whom warrant respect.
What A Name has shown class in France whilst Just the Judge has been lined up for this race since her emphatic Rockfel victory in October and may have enough to beat the favourite.
A P O’Brien’s Moth and Richard Hannon’s pair of Sky Lantern and Maureen are another three that add great depth to what is lined up to be a thrilling event.
The Qatar Bloodstock Dahlia Stakes is set to be a competitive event with Shirocco Star the favoured of the seven runners. She is down in trip and the fast ground could be a worry, although she does seem to have a bit in hand over the rest of the field. Chigun and Thistle Bird clash again after Chigun won by a neck in a listed event here in September, but Roger Charlton’s horse is 4lb better off this time and could well reverse that.
The other Class 1 contest is also wide open with six of the seven runners all in with a chance. Sir Henry Cecil’s Magic of Reality is favoured but will need to improve on her debut run, whilst Cruck Realta may also struggle here on the back of the third at Ascot on Wednesday. Vanity Rules comes from a top yard and with Buick booked, could represent the best value here.
The opening QIPCO Supporting British Racing Stakes Handicap is sure to be a competitive contest that provides a tricky betting heat for punters. Stencive finished second to Azheemah at Ascot back in September and Silver Lime, Fennell Bay and Opinion were all behind him then. He looks to have the best chance under champion jockey, Richard Hughes and No Heretic provides good value each way.
The ‘European Champion Two-Year Old’ Handicap sets off at 15.10 providing a wide open betting heat. Shropshire is an obvious contender at good value, on the back of a good second at Doncaster. He beat both Hamza and Hitchens on that occasion, but they both ran well on their return and pose a danger.
Only Green Door and The Smart One have run before, so experience will be a bonus to them in the 16.25 Maiden Stakes. They will have to improve to beat the likes of Nathr and Crowdmania though, who were both brought for in access of 100,000gns and are highly regarded. Anjaal also warrants respect for Richard Hannon, who has won this race three times since 2002.
The last race of the day is the Qatar Racing Handicap and Soviet Rock and High Troja both enter having won stylishly last time out. Soviet Rock looks most appealing in search of a hat-trick as his last win came on this course and distance in April. High Troja will have to defy a 9lb rise if he is to feature and Carry On Sydney looks best of the rest.
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