The 1000 Guines, the first fillies’ classic of the season, takes place on Sunday 1st of May at Newmarket. This article contains our 1000 Guineas betting preview with betting tips, expert predictions, enhanced odds, bookie offers and no deposit free bets!
1000 GUINEAS BETTING PREVIEW
MINDING is the horse to beat on the back of a fantastic juvenile campaign which saw her get better and better with each run. A dual Group 1 winner, she beat a couple of today’s rivals when defeating stablemate Ballydoyle in the Moyglare at the Curragh - having finished second to her in the previous start in the Debutante Stakes - and then had Nathra four lengths behind in the Fillies’ Mile over track and trip.
LUMIERE comes into the race on the back of a terrific victory in the Cheveley Park Stakes here last September over six furlongs. She beat Illuminate that day and had Alice Springs back in fourth. She then returned with cuts to her legs when beaten 2 ¼ lengths by Besharah in the Group 2 Lowther Stakes at York in August. She will almost certainly be a better horse this year, but we have doubts about her staying the one mile trip.
BALLYDOYLE improved for the fitting of a tongue-tie when beating Turret Rocks in the Prix Marcel Boussac at Longchamp. The she landed the Nell Gwyn here on her reappearance, beating both Robanne and Mix And Mingle and cannot be completely overlooked.
O’Brien has a third runner in the shape of ALICE SPRINGS. She is the most experienced of the trio with eights starts under her belt and she even went out to America to run in the Breeders Cup where she finished second in the Fillies’ Turf race over a mile.
John Gosden’s NATHRA broke her maiden in style she was deeply impressive next time out in a Newbury conditions event, eventually winning by a facile 7 lengths. On her third and final start of 2015 she bumped into Minding at Newmarket in the Fillies’ Mile.
MIDWEEK gave an eye-catching display when finishing 2nd in the Prix Imprudence and her trainer has already won the Classic on 3 occasions. Anyway, she was beaten in a Group 3 on heavy ground last time out and will need to improve dramatically.
Jim Bolger’s TURRETT ROCKS is one of the more interesting runners despite she was beaten by Ballydoyle, last time out at Longchamp in the G1 Marcel Boussac.
JET SETTING won a humble maiden at Cork and landed a Group 3 contest at Leopardstown on her most recent outing. Clearly at her best when there’s plenty of give in the ground, her chances would increase immeasurably if Newmarket were to encounter the amounts of rain set to fall in the area towards the weekend
MIX AND MINGLE ran 1 ½ lengths third of 11 to Light Up Our World at Newmarket in early August. The following month she got off the mark at Lingfield Park when beating Heartstone by 3 ¾ lengths and she made it back to back victories when defeating Summer Icon by 1 ¼ lengths in a Newmarket nursery in October. She reappeared in the Group 3 Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket recently and ran well despite not enjoying the rain-softened ground, to finish 2 ½ lengths fourth of 10 to Nathra.
Richard Hannon’s ILLUMINATE was a good winner at Royal Ascot in the Albany and then followed up in the Group 2 Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket. She was then fancied to win the Cheveley Park but was beaten half a length by Lumiere and she later went to the Breeders Cup and was 6th to Catch A Glimpse.
ROBANNE comes here on the back of a lovely prep run when a staying on 3rd in the Neil Gwyn at Newmarket. She could run a lovely race at a big price for her trainer William Knight despite the fact she needs to improve greatly on the ratings.
BLUE BAYOU beat Basma by 1 ½ lengths in a Haydock Park maiden in early June. She then took a huge leap in class for the Group 2 Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes here at the July Festival, running a massive race to finish a short neck third of 9 behind Illuminate. She then stepped up a furlong in early August winning the Group 3 Sweet Solera Stakes at Newmarket by ½ a length from Fireglow. Her final start of last season came a month later in the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes, where she finished 4 ½ lengths fifth of 9 to Minding.
FIREGLOW made the perfect start when landing a Catterick maiden by a neck from Glenrowan Rose in May. The Mark Johnston filly then recorded a 4th of 18 behind Illuminate at Ascot last June, landed a Listed at Sandown a month later and was 2nd to Blue Bayou at Newmarket in early August. She was not seen out again until late October when she contested a Group 3 in Deauville, run in very soft ground and finished 3 ½ lengths fourth of 8 to the smart Trixia. Ten days later she rounded off her juvenile campaign in the perfect manner with a 4 lengths defeat of Rioca in a Listed race at Newmarket.
ALJAZZI won a Newmarket maiden in late October by a hugely impressive 4 ½ lengths from Alyday. She returned to action in the re-routed Group 3 Fred Darling Stakes on the Chelmsford all-weather, coming home 3 ¼ lengths fourth of 8 to Marenko.
SHARJA QUEEN ran on well to finish 6 lengths second of 8 to the flying grey Lumiere, on her debut at Newmarket last July. The former Luca Cumani trained daughter of Pivotal, impressed in a Ffos Las maiden a month later, beating Lightsome by 3 ¼ lengths. She was not seen out again last year and has now transferred to the yard of Roger Varian.
EPSOM ICON is the long-shot of the race but she looks to have no chance in this company.
1000 GUINEAS BEST ODDS
- Minding @ 2.38
- Lumiere @ 7.00
- Ballydoyle @ 7.50
- Nathra @ 11.00
- Midweek @ 21.00
- Alice Springs @ 21.00
- Illuminate @ 21.00
- Turret Rocks @ 23.00
- Jet Setting @ 26.00
- Mix And Mingle @ 41.00
- Robanne @ 41.00
- Blue Bayou @ 51.00
- Fireglow @ 67.00
- Aljazzi @ 101.00
- Sharja Queen @ 101.00
- Epsom Icon @ 201.00
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