Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 08:17 02/05/2014
The Qipco 2000 Guineas is easily the highlight on Saturday's card at Newmarket with a fascinating clash in prospect between two horses, Kingman and Australia, one or both of which could turn out to be outstanding colts if their connections are to be believed. The former looked a top class miler in the making when trouncing a decent field to win Newbury's Aon Greenham Stakes last month while the latter has been described by his trainer Aidan O'Brien as one of the best he has had in his care and a potential champion in the making.
Whatever the result of the first Classic of the 2014 Flat season there is also a strong supporting card and the best value bet at the meeting could be Hot Streak in the Pearl Bloodstock Palace House Stakes at 2.40. Available at 13-2 with Irish bookmaker Paddy Power the Kevin Ryan-trained 3-year-old looked a sprinter to follow when slaughtering a good field to win Ascot's BMW Cornwallis Stakes last October before going down by half a length to stablemate Astaire in Newmarket's Group 1 Vision.Ae Middle Park Stakes over an extra furlong.
The son of Iffraaj is likely to be at his best over the minimum trip and with no outstanding sprinters around at the moment it would be no surprise to see the mount of Harry Bentley develop into a potent force in the months ahead. The fragile David Barron-trained Pearl Secret is regarded by his handler as one of the fastest horses he has had through his hands but the son of Compton Place may be taking on too much trying to give 5lb to his younger rival on this occasion.