Finally, somewhat later than planned, we have the first classic of the season, with the 2000 Guineas, and a busy day of racing elsewhere. Action in the UK will be focused on Lingfield, Newcastle and Newmarket. Sky Sports Racing will also show cards in France plus action Stateside from Belmont Park and Santa Anita. We will have all the markets covered here.
The 2000 Guineas really all revolves around one angle – has Pinatubo trained on and will he put his rivals to the sword in the same manner of which he did when impressing at two. Unbeaten in his five starts to date, on known form he has the beating of nearest market rival Arizona. His win at the Curragh is genuinely in my top ten reactions from a racecourse crowd. It felt truly special and, whilst perhaps I will stop short of expecting a Frankel like win today, I expect him to oblige for favourite backers and give us a good win here to land the first classic of the season.
This seven furlong handicap has, I think, a horse that will improve out of this company in time and land a nice prize or two this season. Nahaar for William Haggas enjoyed a great season at three. Whilst he was beaten on his last start, that run can be forgiven and with the Haggas Yard starting to fire, it is easy to see why this colt by Dark Angel heads the betting. The going today will pose no issue to the horse and it is a plus to have Tom Marquand up for the first time.