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1000 Guineas: Ante-Post Betting Preview
In the first of a four-part series on the classics, Adam Brookes takes an early look at the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on Sunday 7 May 2017.
After the recent two-year-old Group 1s in Britain and France there’s a new, clear favourite for the 2017 1000 Guineas in the shape of Rhododendron. It’s easy enough to see why, as her three wins from five starts include the Debutante Stakes and Fillies’ Mile, though do the clues suggest she is genuinely out on her own in the pecking order of juvenile fillies at Ballydoyle?
The way its best young females have been campaigned this year suggests that—perhaps like in 2015, when Minding, Ballydoyle and Alice Springs all ran in both the Debutante and Moyglare Stud Stakes—the order is being allowed to establish itself on the racetrack rather than on the gallops. Nevertheless, starting prices and jockey bookings are still key ways to identify who are the best prospects among the Ballydoyle battalions.
Aside from Rhododendron, there’s Hydrangea, who has finished runner-up in the Debutante, Moyglare and Fillies’ Mile since winning on her third start and could easily be a Guineas filly,as well as the Cheveley Park Stakes one-two, Brave Anna and Roly Poly, who both have claims of staying at least seven furlongs at three and are not discounted.
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