This weekend at Newmarket sees the 2000 and 1000 Guineas taking centre stage.
The 2000 Guineas is the first Classic of the season on Saturday for the colts, with the fillies equivalent on Sunday with the 1000 Guineas.
The 2000 Guineas has a remarkable roll of honour, and was won 12 months ago by Camelot, who failed to get the Triple Crown by being beaten by Encke in the St Leger at Doncaster.
The same trainer and jockey combination of Aiden O’Brien and son Joseph look set to combine with either Mars, Cristiforo Colombo or George Vancouver.
Dawn Approach is the favourite for the race, an unbeaten colt for Jim Bolger in Ireland.
He has won at five, six and seven furlongs so far, including wins in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot and Dewhurst Stakes at this track last October.
He is a potential superstar. As is main market rival Toronado, who was a devastating winner of the Craven Stakes recently and will be ridden by champion jockey Richard Hughes.
Van Der Neer and Northern raider Garswood have each way chances but it’s hard to see them beating Dawn Approach.
As for the 1000 Guineas, this is much more competitive. Just The Judge is an extremely likeable filly from the Charlie Hills yard.
She had a racecourse gallop here at the Craven meeting, which produced the new favourite for this race, Hot Snap for Sir Henry Cecil and Frankel’s owner Khalid Abdulla.
She won the Nell Gwyn Stakes beating fellow entrants Sky Lantern, Winning Express and Coincidentally.
Moth was an impressive winner of a maiden recently in Ireland but I think she may have work to do in this company, as would Big Break.
Maureen could go well, as could French challenger What A Name for previous winning trainer Mikael Dezangles.
I will plump for Sky Lantern, who had to give Hot Snap weight at Newmarket and will be on levels this time.
She is a Group 1 winner of the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh last year and could easily triumph for Richard Hannon.
Doncaster Cup winner Times Up trained by Ed Dunlop could re-appear in the Jockey Club Stakes on Saturday as well.
The highlights of this weekend’s 32Red race evening here at Doncaster include the 32Red Handicap Stakes run over 6f and The 32Red Conditions Stakes for three-year-olds run over 7f.
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