With the Qipco 2000 Guineas almost upon us, top jockeys Josephine Gordon, Luke Morris, Jamie Spencer share their thoughts on what to expect in the big race. For the latest betting, visit 32Red.com/sport.
I think Churchill is the one they all have to beat but it won’t be easy against three unbeaten winners of their trials. Eminent beat a Group 1 winner in a good time in the Craven and you had to be impressed by Barney Roy in the Greenham, and the extra 1f will really be in his favour here. But it’s the favourite for me.
MY GUINEAS 1,2,3: Churchill, Eminent, Barney Roy
I think Churchill is the one to beat on form and Aidan is a genius at bringing horses to win this Classic on their seasonal debuts. He and Greenham winner Barney Roy are the two stand-outs in here for me – he was very impressive at Newbury, where he quickened up twice to win – and Craven winner Eminent is the best of the rest.
My GUINEAS 1-2-3: Churchill, Barney Roy, Eminent
I think Churchill brings the strongest form into the Guineas. He is never going to be the sort of horse to go on and win by 8 lengths – he did win well in the National Stakes, but then again runner-up Mehmas probably didn’t stay – and those kind of horses tend to last. I was impressed by Eminent’s win in a fast time in the Craven and I think he could be Churchill’s biggest danger, especially as there are pacemakers in here and that will bring his stamina into play. You clearly have to respect Djebel winner Al Wukair and Newbury scorer Barney Roy, but I think Dream Castle could reverse Greenham form with Barney Roy if getting cover. Dream Castle did a hell of a lot of running from the 5f to furlong pole at Newbury with no cover, and I thought he did remarkably well to only be beaten 2 lengths in the circumstances. He must be a good horse. The extra 1f is an obvious question mark, but if Silvestre can get him settled in behind horses – and the first-time hood could help him there – then I can see him running a big race.
MY GUINEAS 1-2-3: Churchill, Eminent, Dream Castle
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