G1 2000 Guineas

Bucanero Fuerte Heads To Winter Quarters With The Guineas In Mind

Group 1 winner Bucanero Fuerte (GB) (Wootton Bassett {GB}) will not race again this season and be trained with an eye to either the G1 2000 Guineas or the Irish equivalent, according to trainer Adrian Murray. A winner of the G1 Phoenix S. in fine style earlier in the year, the colt was unplaced in the G1 National S. during the Irish Champions Festival. He also claimed the G2 Railway S. at the Curragh in the colours of AMO Racing and Giselle De Aguiar. "Nothing came to light, it just...

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Guineas Storm Brewing In Newmarket

Saturday's G1 QIPCO 2000 Guineas asks the usual set of questions, with the Classic generation due to be examined for the first time with their raw material and any flaws about to be exposed on Newmarket's Rowley Mile which was the scene of thundery conditions on Friday afternoon. Aside from the ever-present quandary of pace positioning and ground conditions, with the latter scenario complicated by the sight of looming dense clouds on Guineas eve, there is the annual unknown of just how dominant last year's leading 2-year-olds still are. Will...

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Another Shadwell Star To Shine In the Craven?

There is no doubt that, in general, Newmarket's G3 Craven S. has lost much of its former relevance as a 2000 Guineas trial, but in the last two years it has enjoyed a revival with winners Master Of The Seas (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) and Native Trail (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}) going close in the mile Classic. Godolphin and Charlie Appleby have another leading man this time in the GI Summer S. and G3 Prix Francois Boutin scorer Mysterious Night (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}), but the one that really catches the...

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Appleby Outlines Targets For Stable Stars In The New Year

Charlie Appleby, fresh off two consecutive UK trainers' titles,  will have a host of stars to go to war with in 2023, among them Godolphin's undefeated G2 Gimcrack S. hero Noble Style (GB) (Kingman {GB}). The son of listed winner and Group 3-placed Eartha Kitt (GB) (Pivotal {GB}), named a 'TDN Rising Star' off his winning debut at Ascot in May, is earmarked for the G3 Greenham S. in April, before a possible bid for G1 2000 Guineas glory in May. He said, "Noble Style has not been seen since...

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Group 1 Winner Belbek Will Skip The Breeders' Cup And Return In 2023

Nurlan Bizakov's homebred Group 1 winner Belbek (Fr) (Showcasing {GB}), successful by a neck in the G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere earlier in the month, will not travel for the Breeders' Cup meeting at Keeneland, and instead enjoy the winter off. Trained by Andre Fabre, the colt also won the G3 Prix du Bois in June. "He's done for the year, we decided he did not need to run again," said Fabre. "I don't see him having any problem in staying a mile next season, he would have had no problem...

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Royal Scotsman Enters Winters Quarters, Will Go Directly To The Guineas

Mrs. Fitri Hay's Royal Scotsman (Ire) (Gleneagles {Ire}), fresh off a narrow second in the G1 Dewhurst S., will now head to winter quarters. His next intended start is the G1 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in May. A second up winner at Goodwood on May 20, the colt was third in the G2 Coventry S. at Royal Ascot before taking the G2 Richmond S. back at Goodwood. Prior to his Dewhurst second he was fifth in the G2 Gimcrack S. at York. Oliver Cole, who trains with his father Paul,...

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Dual Guineas Hero Cockney Rebel Passes at 17

English and Irish 2000 Guineas hero Cockney Rebel (Ire) (Val Royal {Fr}-Factice, by Known Fact) passed away on Tuesday afternoon, owner Phil Cunningham announced on Twitter. He was 17. "It is with great sadness that I advise the death of Cockney rebel this afternoon," Cunningham tweeted. "He gave myself, my family and all of those connected with him such great memories that I could only have ever dreamed of. The horse of a lifetime, you changed my life." Bred by Oak Lodge Bloodstock, the March-foaled bay was a 14,286gns weanling...

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Kitten's Joy's Kameko The Guineas Victor

There was a real buzz surrounding Qatar Racing's Kameko (Kitten's Joy) as the delayed G1 QIPCO 2,000 Guineas approached and the G1 Futurity Trophy winner justified all the expectation as he swooped to conquer the Newmarket Classic on Saturday. Arriving at the forefront of his generation with an emphatic win in Doncaster's traditional juvenile feature which was re-arranged on Newcastle's Tapeta in November, the bay had earned rave reviews from Andrew Balding's Kingsclere base during this year's prolonged waiting period. In mid-division on the rail as the pace proved strong...

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Fifteen Set For 2000 Guineas

Saturday's G1 QIPCO 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket has attracted a field of 15, with Godolphin's Charlie Appleby-trained champion juvenile Pinatubo (Ire) (Shamardal) favourably drawn in seven as he faces a quartet from Ballydoyle headed by Ryan Moore's mount Arizona (Ire) (No Nay Never) with Frankie Dettori on the G3 Tattersalls S. winner Wichita (Ire) (No Nay Never). Arizona will break from stall 13 alongside Julian Richmond-Watson's TDN Rising Star Kinross (GB) (Kingman {GB}) in 12 with Qatar Racing's Kameko (Kitten's Joy) another notable to be drawn in the high numbers widest of all in 15. Godolphin's...

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2000 Guineas, Yasuda Kinen to Be Simulcast in HK

The G1 2000 Guineas card at Newmarket on June 6 and Japan's G1 Yasuda Kinen on June 7 will be simulcast for betting beginning in the late evening of Saturday, June 6, the Hong Kong Jockey Club announced on Sunday. Newmarket's seven races are headed by the 2000 Guineas, where European Champion 2-Year-Old Colt Pinatubo (Ire) (Shamardal) is expected to take part. Meanwhile in Japan the next day, the 1600-metre G1 Yasuda Kinen features Japanese Horse of the Year Almond Eye (Jpn) (Lord Kanaloa {Jpn}) and the race will be...

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British Classics Provisionally Moved to June

A Guineas meeting in early June and the Derby and Oaks run in early July feature in the British Horseracing Authority's "best-case scenario" planning for a resumption of racing. With racing currently suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic, the season's first four Classics have been delayed from their usual slots in the calendar. However, the sport's Resumption of Racing Group is working to draw up provisional plans for when racing is able to return, with "a phased approach" to racing behind closed doors anticipated in the immediate stages. In...

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Kinross on Target for Guineas Test

Julian Richmond-Watson's Kinross (GB) (Kingman {GB}), who earned 'TDN Rising Star' status with an eight-length romp at Newmarket in October, remains on course for the mile Classics should British racing resume in time for Classic season. Following that storming debut performance, the homebred bay was only fifth in the rearranged G1 Racing Post Trophy on Newcastle's Tapeta in November. Trainer Ralph Beckett is hopeful he can put that behind him in the coming months. "He had four weeks off in the middle of January, as he picked up an issue,...

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