Saturday 30 January 2016

Qipco 1000 Guineas Stakes (Group 1) Fillies: Possible Entries

With the conclusion of the Flat turf season, it's time to assess the very best fillies in training. For leading horse trainers, the 203rd running of the 1000 Guineas brings warm comfort on many a cold winter morn.

On 1st May 2016, Newmarket will crown a superstar filly.

What better time to consider the possible entrants for this historic race. This Group 1 Flat horse race is open to three-year-old fillies run on the Rowley Mile over the distance of one mile. This second of five Classic races was first run in 1814 taking its name from the prize money afforded to its winner (1,000 Guineas). The inaugural winner – Charlotte – was trained by Tom Perren, ridden by Bill Clift.

Take a moment to review these outstanding record holders which – for the most part – display a very historic flavour:

The leading jockey with seven winners is George Fordham: Mayonaise (1859) – Hauteur (1883).

The leading trainer with nine wins, Robert Robson: Connie (1818) – Arab (1827).

The 4th Duke of Grafton is the leading owner with eight wins: Catgut (1819) – Arab (1827).

Other points of interest:

  • Fastest winning time – Ghanaati (2009) 1m 34:22s
  • Widest winning margin – Mayonaise (1859), 20-lengths
  • Longest winning odds – Ferry (1918) 50/1
  • Shortest winning odds – Crucifix (1840) 1/10
  • Most runners – 29 (1926)
  • Fewest runners – 1 (walkover) 1825

Last year saw Legatissoimo prove victorious, trained by David Watchman, ridden by Ryan Moore for Messrs Magnier, Tabor & Smith.

At present we are talking possible entrants of this 2016 contest, detailed via the Racing Post:

Alice Springs – A P O'Brien
Ballydoyle - A P O'Brien
Beautiful Morning – L uca Cumani
Besharah - William Haggas
Blue Bayou - Brian Meehan
Coolmore - A P O'Brien
Fireglow - Mark Johnston
Hawksmoor - Hugo Palmer
How High The Moon – A P O'Brien
Illuminate - Richard Hannon
Katie's Diamond - K R Burke
Lumiere - Mark Johnston
Minding - A P O'Brien
Most Beautiful - David Watchman
Now Or Never - M D O'Callaghan
Tanaza - D K Weld

BetVictor anti post betting: 11/4 Minding, 4/1 Ballydoyle, 7/1 Lumiere, 16 Besharah, 20/1 Illuminate, 20/1 Alice Springs, 25/1 Tanaza. For a full list of prices take a moment to visit BetVitcor.

It will be interesting to see which horses go straight for this race, making their three-year-old debut or contest the Nell Gwyn Stakes or Fred Darling Stakes trials.

A fascinating race. Anti-post betting can give an equal measure of value and disappointment but for many punters. However, this is often a great time to place bets if you hold a strong opinion.