Qipco 1000 Guineas
|Group 1, Newmarket
1m, Class 1
|Sunday 4th May 2014|
Miss France Heads 71 for 1000 Guineas
The 1000 Guineas has attracted a total of 71 entries. Miss France, winner of the Oh So Sharp Stakes for Andre Fabre, is entered and currently heads the ante-post lists. The French-trained Cheveley Park winner Vorda is in there, as is Kiyoshi, who has been beaten by both Rizeena and Vorda but showed plenty of class for trainer Charlie Hills at Royal Ascot.
Ihtimal predictably proved far too good for her opponents as she produced a scintillating display in the UAE Oaks at Meydan on February 27.
The three-year-old made a sparkling Dubai debut in the UAE 1000 Guineas three weeks ago and was a 4-11 favourite to follow up under Silvestre de Sousa, stepping up to an extended nine furlongs for the first time.
Ihtimal was a little keen off a slow pace, but had too many gears for her opponents in the straight, coming home 10 lengths clear.
The horses placed in the UAE 1000 Guineas filled the frame again, but swapped places.
Guineas third Feedyah claimed the runner-up spot, with Guineas second Mensoora third on this occasion.
Bin Suroor said: "I'm very happy. Every time she runs she shows some class.
Qipco 1000 Guineas Stakes (201st Running)
(British Champions Series) (Fillies' Group 1)
£410,000 added, 3yo only, 1m, Class 1
|5-||Adeste Fideles (USA)||3||9-0||A P O'Brien|
|110-||Al Thakhira||3||9-0||M Botti|
|213-||Along Again (IRE)||3||9-0||Sir Michael Stoute|
|05540-1||Alutiq (IRE)||3||9-0||Eve Johnson Houghton|
|0311-||Amazing Maria (IRE)||3||9-0||E A L Dunlop|
|1-||Balansiya (IRE)||3||9-0||D K Weld|
|110-||Beldale Memory (IRE)||3||9-0||C G Cox|
|1-||Betimes||3||9-0||J H M Gosden|
|52-||Beyond Brilliance (IRE)||3||9-0||A P O'Brien|
|24-||Blhadawa (IRE)||3||9-0||J Tate|
|201102-||Blockade (IRE)||3||9-0||J Tate|
|01-||Bracelet||3||9-0||A P O'Brien|
|221016-||Bye Bye Birdie||3||9-0||A P O'Brien|
|11411-||Cape Factor (IRE)||3||9-0||Rae Guest|
|1||Divine||3||9-0||M R Channon|
|4125-||Dorothy B (IRE)||3||9-0||J H M Gosden|
|0211-||Dutch Courage||3||9-0||R A Fahey|
|1-||Dutch Rifle||3||9-0||J Tate|
|32-||Eastern Belle||3||9-0||J H M Gosden|
|621-||Enraptured (IRE)||3||9-0||J H M Gosden|
|1-||Folk Melody (IRE)||3||9-0||C Appleby|
|1-||Fresles (IRE)||3||9-0||Mme P Brandt|
|436-||Ghzayel (FR)||3||9-0||M Delzangles|
|Hadaatha (IRE)||3||9-0||R Varian|
|3113-11||Ihtimal (IRE)||3||9-0||Saeed bin Suroor|
|110-||J Wonder (USA)||3||9-0||B J Meehan|
|01-||Jordan Princess||3||9-0||L M Cumani|
|21-||La Gohanniere (FR)||3||9-0||F Rohaut|
|111-||La Hoguette (FR)||3||9-0||J C Rouget|
|2-||La Pyle (FR)||3||9-0||Mme P Brandt|
|431-||Lady Heidi||3||9-0||P A Kirby|
|026431-||Lady Lara (IRE)||3||9-0||A P Jarvis|
|3-||Lahinch Classics (IRE)||3||9-0||David Wachman|
|51365-||Lamar (IRE)||3||9-0||J Tate|
|21-||Laurelita (IRE)||3||9-0||George Baker|
|1124-||Lightning Thunder||3||9-0||O Stevens|
|021-||Likelihood (USA)||3||9-0||J H M Gosden|
|11611-||Lucky Kristale||3||9-0||G G Margarson|
|151201-||Majeyda (USA)||3||9-0||C Appleby|
|4133-||Marbre Rose (IRE)||3||9-0||F Head|
|1-||Marvellous (IRE)||3||9-0||A P O'Brien|
|032246-||Midnite Angel (IRE)||3||9-0||R Hannon|
|011-||Miss France (IRE)||3||9-0||A Fabre|
|52201-||Miss Lillie||3||9-0||R A Teal|
|211-||My Titania (IRE)||3||9-0||J M Oxx|
|Palace (IRE)||3||9-0||A P O'Brien|
|1-||Pelerin (IRE)||3||9-0||M Botti|
|Plamas (IRE)||3||9-0||J S Bolger|
|10512-||Princess Noor (IRE)||3||9-0||R Varian|
|313223-||Queen Catrine (IRE)||3||9-0||C Hills|
|514-||Radiator||3||9-0||Sir Michael Stoute|
|112312-||Rizeena (IRE)||3||9-0||C E Brittain|
|11210-||Sandiva (IRE)||3||9-0||R A Fahey|
|54-||Shushu Sugartown (IRE)||3||9-0||Ian Williams|
|1-||Sinnamary (IRE)||3||9-0||M Delzangles|
|116-||Sound Reflection (USA)||3||9-0||C Appleby|
|021-||Sparrow (IRE)||3||9-0||A P O'Brien|
|1-||Taghrooda||3||9-0||J H M Gosden|
|112-||Tapestry (IRE)||3||9-0||A P O'Brien|
|011-||Terrific (IRE)||3||9-0||A P O'Brien|
|1-||Tested||3||9-0||D K Weld|
|211-||Vallado (IRE)||3||9-0||E Lynam|
|111210-||Vorda (FR)||3||9-0||P Sogorb|
|52-||When In Doubt||3||9-0||M Delzangles|
|135132-||Wind Fire (USA)||3||9-0||D H Brown|
|101646-||Wonderfully (IRE)||3||9-0||A P O'Brien|
Trainer George Margarson has already cleared it with officials at Headquarters for a workout during the Craven meeting in April. The Newmarket handler reports Lucky Kristale to be well forward in her preparation for the fillies' Classic on May 4, but has warned he would consider pulling her out of the Guineas if he felt the ground was too soft.
The daughter of Lucky Story was a leading juvenile in 2013, winning two Group Two events - the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes and the Lowther Stakes. However, she was denied a crack at the Group One Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket in September because of a dirty scope.
"She's very well and is probably ahead of where I want her because I got her going a bit early as I thought we might get a bit of snow and bad weather," said Margarson.
"Up to now she hasn't missed a day. We trotted her all through December and she started cantering in early January. She's well forward and touch wood everything's going well.
"We're training her with the Guineas in mind. We'll worry about the weather when we get there. If it did end up being a year when it was very wet she would have to skip it.
"She probably wouldn't run if the ground was worse than good to soft. Most of the fillies ran on good to firm ground all last year. The way she quickens up she wouldn't want too testing ground, especially over a mile which is an unknown with her.
"She settles well and I think she'll get the trip. Tom (Queally) is quite confident, so we'll just have to keep our fingers crossed we can get her there in one piece.
"If everything goes right she'll have a racecourse gallop at the Craven meeting. I've already spoken to the racecourse and they are quite happy about that.
"I don't see the point in giving a penalty away in conditions races (as a prep run). There is nothing to gain and she is an easy filly to get fit - she won first time out last year. This will be a day out for her and take the freshness out of her."
Vorda, last year's Cheveley Park Stakes heroine, is set to return to Newmarket for the Qipco 1000 Guineas on May 4.
Philippe Sogorb's filly won her first three juvenile starts in France before running crack American colt No Nay Never close in the Prix Morny at Deauville.
She then claimed her Group One victory in the Cheveley Park before signing off with a slightly disappointing effort in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita behind the Charlie Hills-trained Chriselliam.
Sogorb said: He said: "Vorda is coming through the winter in great shape and we will aim her at the 1000 Guineas. The plan is for her to make her seasonal debut in the Prix Imprudence at Maisons-Laffitte (April 3) before heading over to Newmarket.
"It is best to forget her race at Santa Anita as she didn't appreciate the turns. All her other races were on straight courses and she was not used to using her shoulders. She also received a bump early on, so she was never at the races and was a bit lost that day.
"I think that she will stay a mile at Newmarket and she is an easy ride.
"Vorda has done well physically over the winter and although she has not grown very much she has lengthened. I ride her in the mornings and she now feels like a three-year-old.
"We have had excellent training weather down here in Mont-de-Marsan and all is going well for her comeback race."
Barzalona said: "She just has a lot of class - she's different class. We went a nice pace and quickened early. Everything I asked her to do she did very easily on the bridle. It's job done today. I think she's a great filly."
Miss France gained a quote of 12-1 from Ladbrokes for next year's 1000 Guineas and Anthony Stroud, representing Ballymore Thoroughbred Ltd, said: "That will be up to Andre and the owners. She's a very nice filly and I don't think she'll run again this season."
Charlie Hills remains confident Kiyoshi will prove a major force as a three-year-old after signing off her juvenile campaign with a creditable third behind Vorda in the Cheveley Park Stakes.
The daughter of Dubawi looked set to dominate the fillies' juvenile scene after a brilliant display in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot, but she has failed to come up with the goods in two subsequent appearances at Group One level.
That said, she has been far from disgraced, being demoted from second to third in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh and taking third over six furlongs in the Cheveley Park.
Hills feels his filly will benefit from stepping up to a mile next year, with the 1000 Guineas her obvious target.
"She ran a creditable race. We felt there was enough pace on early on in the race and the ground was plenty lively enough, but you can't take anything away from the winner (Vorda)," said the Lambourn trainer.
"She hasn't been disgraced. Since winning at Royal Ascot she's been placed in two Group Ones and hasn't got much to find. We'll pack her up for the winter now and obviously we'll be looking to step her up in trip next season. She's crying out for a mile, really.
"There is plenty of stamina on her dam's side and her sire (Dubawi) gets staying horses as well, so we'll look forward to the spring. If we feel she needs a prep run (before the Guineas) then we will, but it's too early to say at this stage."
Hot favourite My Titania was made to pull out the stops as she claimed Group Three honours in the CL Weld Park Stakes at the Curragh on September 29.
A daughter of the amazing Sea The Stars and carrying the same colours of owner Christopher Tsui, My Titania built on a promising Leopardstown debut to score at the second time of asking at the same venue and was sent off the 11-10 market leader this time on her step up to Pattern class.
Oxx said: "She's a very nice filly and we've high hopes for her. She's by Sea The Stars and she's his first Group winner. It's very nice he's had his first Group winner in those colours and that we have such a nice filly for the future.
"We were pretty hopeful. She's a very consistent worker, always works well and shows plenty of ability. She has plenty of speed, travels well through her races and has a good turn of foot. She's got a bit of her sire's inclination to doss a bit when she hits the front, she idles a bit there. She probably needs to come a bit later.
"She won't run any more this year. She's had three runs now and she's pretty sharp in her mind and very alert. The ground is critical for her. She has to have fast ground and she'd be impeded by it if it's any slower than good.
"If all goes well through the winter and the spring, we'll probably enter her in the Guineas and in the Oaks at Epsom. She has prospects and she has a chance of being a good filly."
Clive Brittain insists the Qipco 1000 Guineas remains the preferred option for Rizeena, despite also giving her an entry for the 2000 Guineas.
Brittain decided to draw stumps on the campaign after that run, reasoning that having started her season in April and winning the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, the filly would benefit from an extended break.
The Newmarket handler said: "Plan A is to run at Newmarket in the 1000 Guineas, but I have given her an entry in the 2000 Guineas and she's also in the French 1000 Guineas. The thinking is that you've got the options there if you want them.
"She's in very good form at the moment and I'll be guided by her whether or not to run in a trial. Her weight is coming down from what it went up to during the winter and she has developed so well physically.
"She started very early as a two-year-old because we wanted to win the Queen Mary, so she had three races before Royal Ascot. We knew we had a good filly early on, but didn't know how good she was and she turned out to be a Group One filly. Giving her a chance to develop through the winter has been a good plan, I think.
"The Breeders' Cup never entered my mind, because I felt we had seen all we needed to see with her and knew how good she was. We've been beaten twice at Newmarket, in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes and, of course, the Shadwell Fillies' Mile, but sadly the filly that beat us in the Fillies' Mile won't be there.
"She franked the form at the Breeders' Cup and the third (Ihtimal) has also shown in Dubai how good the form is by winning their Guineas and Oaks in outstanding fashion. We haven't done any serious work with our filly yet, but what I've done with her she is doing so easily. She's got a certain grace and strength about her that makes me believe we can go on."
Dermot Weld's new association with the Aga Khan got off to the best possible start when Balansiya struck by seven lengths at Leopardstown on November 3.
The Shamardal juvenile earned quotes of around 16-1 following her genuinely impressive display in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden.
Balansiya, ridden by Pat Smullen, was sent off the 11-4 joint-favourite to make a winning debut and led at the top of the straight before streaking clear to account for market rival Upper Silesian.
The two-year-old was the first Weld-trained runner for the Aga Khan since the powerful owner-breeder increased his roster of trainers in Ireland earlier in the year.
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