G1 QIPCO 1000 Guineas

Classic Heroine Billesdon Brook Dies at Seven

Two-time Group 1 winner Billesdon Brook (GB) (Champs Elysees {GB}-Coplow {GB}, by Manduro {Ger}) has died at the age of seven, according to published reports. The daughter of the placed Coplow is a half-sister to the listed winner Billesdon Bess (GB) (Dick Turpin {Ire}) and won the G1 QIPCO 1000 Guineas in 2018. Bred by Stowell Hill Partners and raced by Jeanette McCreery, the Richard Hannon trainee won the G3 Prestige S. at two and shocked Newmarket with a 1 3/4-length win in the Guineas at 66-1. Kept in training...

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A Classic Sire Steadily Gathering Aclaim

Anyone who attended the European yearling and breeding stock sales last year won't have failed to have picked up on the heightened appetite for the stock of Time Test (GB). The exploits of his early runners had caught the imagination and backed up by the promise of more to come, demand for his yearlings and foals soared, at one point reaching a high of 400,000gns (paid by SackvilleDonald for a colt from John Foley's Ballyvolane Stud who had been pinhooked for 52,000gns as a foal). Time Test's retirement to the...

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Doyle Brings Up The Guineas Double On Cachet
Doyle Brings Up The Guineas Double On Cachet

James Doyle took his buoyant mood from Saturday's G1 QIPCO 2000 Guineas win on Coroebus (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) into Sunday's G1 Qipco 1000 Guineas and got the same result as he steered Highclere Thoroughbred Racing's 16-1 shot Cachet (Ire) (Aclaim {Ire}) to an all-the-way success in the Newmarket Classic. Third behind Inspiral (GB) (Frankel {GB}) in the course-and-distance G1 Fillies' Mile in October, the George Boughey-trained TDN Rising Star had come back to win the seven-furlong G3 Nell Gwyn S. here Apr. 12 and relished her front-running role on her...

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All To Play For In The 1000 Guineas

After the decision to avoid the stress of a G1 QIPCO 1000 Guineas examination for Inspiral (GB) (Frankel {GB}), the latest renewal of the Newmarket Classic has become open season for up-and-comers in the miling division. Very few of the 14 left in the race can be safely discounted and with a filly unproven beyond six furlongs at the head of the market, it is fair to say that anything can happen in this one. There were shades of Ravinella (Mr. Prospector) in the way Ballydoyle's number one and 'TDN...

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Newmarket's 1000 Guineas Attracts Field of 14

Friday saw the confirmations for Sunday's G1 QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, where the Westerberg silks will be prominent again via Ballydoyle's unbeaten G1 Cheveley Park S. heroine Tenebrism (Caravaggio). Representing the powerful combination including Coolmore and Merriebelle Stables, the 'TDN Rising Star' will break from stall five under Ryan Moore alongside her Frankie Dettori-ridden stablemate Tuesday (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) in four. Close by is the Niarchos family's G1 Moyglare Stud S. winner Discoveries (Ire) (Mastercraftsman {Ire}) in six, next to Everest Racing, Barbara Keller and David Redvers' G3 Prix...

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Angel Bleu To Wait For The French Guineas

Dual Group 1 winner Angel Bleu (Fr) (Dark Angel {Ire}) will pass on the G1 QIPCO 2000 Guineas on Apr. 30 and wait for the May 15 G1 Poule d'Essai des Poulains in France. Successful in the G2 Vintage S. in July, the grey earned a pair of Group 1 wins in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at ParisLongchamp and in the Criterium International at Saint-Cloud, both in October. The Marc Chan silkbearer resumed with a third-place effort in the G3 Greenham S. at Newbury on Apr. 16. Trainer Ralph Beckett...

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Malavath Camp Opts For English 1000 Guineas Over French Equivalent

After a pair of defections, one the high-profile Inspiral (GB) (Frankel {GB}), the G1 QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on Sunday week is the confirmed next target for Group 2 winner Malavath (Ire) (Mehmas {Ire}). Tweenhills Stud's David Redvers co-owns the filly under the Everest Racing banner and said, "She is on course for the 1000 Guineas, although it is a nervous week running up to it. If there was any doubt about running at Newmarket before, the Inspiral news would have dispelled it completely. "She won the Prix Imprudence,...

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Group 1 Winner Inspiral To Miss The 1000 Guineas

Cheveley Park Stud's Inspiral (GB) (Frankel {GB}), one of the leading fancies for the G1 QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 1, will miss the race, according to the owners' managing director Chris Richardson. The John and Thady Gosden trainee is a perfect four-for-four, with black-type victories in the Listed Star S. in June, the Sept. 9 G2 May Hill S. and the Oct. 8 G1 Fillies' Mile to end her season. "John Gosden had an in-depth discussion with the boss, Mrs. Thompson, and following that, it was decided...

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Malavath Pointing Towards Newmarket Classic Challenge

Trainer Francis Graffard has indicated that Malavath (Ire) (Mehmas {Ire}) is on course for the QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 1 following her victory in last week's G3 Prix Imprudence. The Tally-Ho Stud-bred filly is owned by Everest Racing, David Redvers and Barbara Keller, and she enjoyed a successful juvenile campaign, winning the G2 Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte before travelling to California to finish runner-up to Pizza Bianca (Fastnet Rock {Aus}) in the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. Behind her in fourth that day was Cachet (Ire) (Aclaim {Ire}),...

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Flotus Heads Crisford-Trained Guineas Trio

The entries for the QIPCO 2000 Guineas and QIPCO 1000 Guineas closed on Tuesday, with 56 colts engaged in the first major European Classic of the season at this stage. Of the 51 fillies entered for the 1000 Guineas a day later on May 1, three are based at Simon and Ed Crisford's Gainsborough Stables in Newmarket, including Flotus (Ire) (Starspangledbanner {Aus}), whose breeders Newtown Stud and Tim Pabst received the ITBA Award for the leading 2-year-old filly on Sunday night. After making almost all in September's G1 Juddmonte Cheveley...

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Inspiral Thriving Through the Winter

Cartier Champion 2-Year-Old Filly Inspiral (GB) (Frankel {GB}), who is unbeaten in four starts to date, is in good form according to Cheveley Park Stud Director Richard Thompson. Trained by John and Thady Gosden, the bay won at first asking at Newmarket in June, and added another victory to her win column in the Listed Star S. at Sandown on July 22. Jumping up to group company on Sept. 9, Inspiral added the G2 May Hill S. before signing off on her 2-year-old campaign with a 2 1/2-length win in...

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Season Over For Guineas Hopeful Discoveries

The Niarchos Family's Discoveries (Ire) (Mastercraftsman {Ire}), a full-sister to multiple Group 1 winner Alpha Centauri (Ire) (Mastercraftsman {Ire}), will not step out again in 2021 and will instead wait for the G1 QIPCO 1000 Guineas next year. Sunday's G1 Moyglare Stud S. heroine, also a half-sister to G1 Coronation S. winner Alpine Star (Ire) (Sea The Moon {Ger}), does hold an entry in the Oct. 8 G1 bet365 Fillies' Mile at Newmarket. Connections were also considering a trip to France on Arc weekend or a run in the Breeders'...

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