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The Classics are in town, as the 2000 and 1000 Guineas arrive at Newmarket this weekend. Some top class individuals will be going to post and it will be fascinating to see how these play out.
4.40pm Newmarket (Saturday) - Holloway Boy
The 2000 Guineas will be a humdinger, where Auguste Rodin heads the market at around 2/1. He looks the part, and his two-year-old form stacks up well, but there are a whole host of unexposed challengers taking him on. One horse who was behind him when they met at Doncaster last season was the Karl Burke trained HOLLOWAY BOY.
On the face of it, the Karl Burke trained 3-year-old has a bit of ground to make up with the Aidan O’Brien trained hotpot. However, the testing ground wouldn’t have suited Holloway Boy when they met on Town Moor, so fingers crossed ground conditions are much quicker for Saturday. When he won the Chesham at Royal Ascot, underfoot conditions were on the quicker side. To win the Chesham on debut takes some doing, and it may just be that first time out is the time to catch this individual.
He has run well at Newmarket before, and with Christophe Soumillon in the saddle, it would be no surprise to see the duo outrun their odds. A strongly run mile on quick ground at Newmarket should play to his strengths, and he rates an each-way player.
3.40pm Newmarket (Sunday)
The Fillies’ equivalent comes up at 3.40pm on Sunday, and this has a fairly wide-open feel to it. Tahiyra is bound to be popular and she has made a very taking impression in both her starts to date - I would just worry if the ground got really quick for her as she looked happy on a Soft surface. but at the prices I much prefer the claims of the Godolphin representative DREAM OF LOVE (EW).
A winner at this track on her debut, she was third when looking in need of the experience on her following start, but would have done her the world of good in regards to gaining track craft at the headquarters of Flat racing which will hold her in good stead for this.
She was last seen producing a fast-finishing second at Meydan where the combination of 7f and Soft ground would have played against her. William Buick should be taking the ride on the filly for the Charlie Appleby team, and she looks to have very solid claims in this exciting renewal.
- HOLLOWAY BOY, each-way at 25/1 BetUK, (Newmarket, 4.40 Saturday)
- DREAM OF LOVE, win, 10/1 Betfair Exchange, (Newmarket, 3.40pm Sunday)
* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.
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