Toronado (High Chaparral)
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QIPCO 2000 GUINEAS (Group 1)
Newmarket, Turf, 1609m
4 May 2013
Dawn Approach (Ire) (New Approach) will face 12 rivals in tomorrow’s Group 1 QIPCO 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, with his stable companion Leitir Mor (Ire) (Holy Roman Emperor) among them.
Jim Bolger has opted to keep that Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes second in the line-up to run alongside his unbeaten champion, who will exit from the six hole, and not wait for the following Sunday’s Group 1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains at Longchamp.
As expected, Lines of Battle (War Front) was scratched in favor of the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby and he was the sole withdrawal from the original six-day declarations. His barnmate Cristoforo Colombo (Henrythenavigator) was declared with first-time cheek pieces and is drawn in 11, one inside Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani’s unbeaten Group 3 Craven Stakes scorer Toronado (Ire) (High Chaparral).
David Armstrong and Cheveley Park Stud’sGarswood (GB) (Dutch Art) has drawn eight as he attempts a mile for the first time and he was impressive when capturinga formerly-important Guineas prep in the Listed European Free Handicap over seven furlongs at the track 17 days ago. Trainer Richard Fahey is hoping his demeanor will help his cause when it comes to stamina.
“You are never confident until you have a go at a mile, but he’s a very relaxed horse now,” Fahey commented. “We’ve kept him relaxed this year and he looks like he’ll get it, but we’ll see. He’d go on any ground, but like most trainers we don’t want it extreme - we don’t want it very firm. Other than that, any ground will be okay by me. It’s fantastic for everybody and we’re all excited - it’s great for us to have a live outsider in a Classic.” Tony Hamilton will be having his first ride in a Classic, but Fahey has full confidence in him. “Tony has got great belief in the horse and has ridden him in all his work and has ridden him in all of his races bar one, so it was never in question he would ride him in the Guineas,” he added.
Ground conditions ahead of the Classic were described as good-to-firm, good in places and Clerk of the Course, Michael Prosser said, “The track walks extremely even and I am very happy with that. We will stick with putting the stalls in the middle for the Guineas. The 2000 Guineas has a cracking feel to it, but there is real depth there too.”
QIPCO 2000 Gunieas
Exceed and Excel
DONT BOTHER ME
Sir Henry Cecil
Holy Roman Emperor
VAN DER NEER
Extracts from Thoroughbred Daily News