The opening British Classic of the new season comes up at Newmarket on Saturday and Aidan O’Brien will be the man to beat, as he almost always is.
The Ballydoyle supremo has won three of the last four renewals of the 2,000 Guineas, and it comes as little surprise that he dominates the head of the market with Magna Grecia and Ten Sovereigns. The latter is preferred, though there’s also an outsider of clear interest with course form.
The absence of Too Darn Hot is a big blow to the 2,000 Guineas, with John Gosden’s champion two-year-old having suffered a minor recent setback at home, but he paves the way for a Group 1 course winner.
Ten Sovereigns @ 5/1
He is the top-rated colt in the race following the defection of Too Darn Hot and he’s got the perfect profile to add to his trainer’s stunning record in the race. O’Brien is seeking to go into double figures after recent successes with Gleneagles (2015), Churchill (2017) and Saxon Warrior (2018).
Ten Sovereigns won twice at the Curragh last term, debuting in August, before typically being sent to Newmarket for some course experience with this race in mind. He didn’t disappoint in winning the Middle Park Stakes.
The son of No Nay Never will be racing beyond 6f for the first time in his life come Saturday but all the signs are positive and it’s surprising to find him currently as big as he is in the betting. That price may contract before post-time and he is favoured over fellow market leaders Magna Grecia and Skardu.
Shine So Bright @ 28/1
For those wanting a little more meat on the bone, it is worth considering the Andrew Balding-trained Shine So Bright as a very lively outsider.
The son of Oasis Dream laid down his Guineas credentials with a very impressive win a Listed event at Newmarket at the Craven Meeting.
In Space Traveller and Azano, he was showing a clean pair of heels to two useful rivals as he made every yard of the running to win over 7f under Silvestre De Sousa. The champion jockey is set to be on board again here and while dominating from the front won’t be as easy, he’s got solid place credentials.
Having proved his ability to handle Newmarket, and the famous Rowley Mile dip in particular, he’ll be very dangerous if passing the bushes with an advantage.
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