Author: Alan Kelly
2015 1000 Guineas
Published: 16:38 01/05/2015
The powerful Ballydoyle stable of trainer Aidan O'Brien will be expecting a strong showing in tomorrow's Qipco 2000 Guineas, the first Classic of the 2015 season, in which they are represented, not just by long-time favourite Gleneagles who is a general 5-2 chance with most bookmakers, but also by the unbeaten Ol' Man River, a best price 13-2 with 888sport and the mount of Joseph O'Brien who has probably undergone a starvation diet in the last week or so to get down to the nine stone required.
Ryan Moore, booked to partner Gleneagles on Saturday afternoon, was due to ride Found for Ballydoyle in Sunday's Qipco 1000 Guineas but has now switched to the David Watchman-trained Legatissimo following the news that the Prix Marcel Boussac winner would miss the race along with Together Forever, the stable now relying on Qualify (eighth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies' Turf after suffering a troubled passage) who will be ridden by the trainer's son in the fillies' Classic.
13 Horses have been declared for the race won by the Andre Fabre-trained Miss France 12 months ago and for which our 14-1 ante-post tip Lucida now heads the betting at a best price 9-2 with William Hill, two points shorter than her Shadwell Rockfel Stakes victim Fadhayil, the mount of Paul Hanagan. Kevin Manning will once again be aboard Jim Bolger's daughter of Shamardal who the handler has recently compared favourably with his 2007 1000 Guineas winner Finsceal Beo.
Narrow Nell Gwyn Stakes victor Osaila will attempt to give Frankie Dettori his first win in the race since partnering Blue Bunting to a shock victory in the blue colours of Godolphin back in 2011, his third in all, while trainer Mick Channon who has had some desperate luck in the classic in recent years will be hoping his Malabar can provide a change of furtune. Legetissimo, Jellicle Ball and Redstart are three other fillies who are capable of playing a leading role while the most fascinating contender is the doubtful stayer Tiggy Wiggy who would represent tremendous value at the 25-1 on offer with William Hill if the mount of champion jockey Richard Hughes was to last out the one mile trip in an intriguing contest.