Qipco 1000 Guineas
Group 1, Newmarket 15:40
£410,000 added,
3yo only,
1m, Class 1
Sunday 8th May 2016

Brian Meehan believes Blue Bayou has the potential to be a 1000 Guineas horse after calling her as good a filly as he has trained.

Blue Bayou confirmed the promise of her previous run when justifying expectations to win the Group 3 Sweet Solera Stakes over seven furlongs at Newmarket.

Blue Bayou
Blue Bayou

Prior to that win, she had finished a close-up third behind Illuminate in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes over six furlongs at Newmarket's July Festival.

Illuminate had previously won at Royal Ascot and the second Besharah has subsequently won a Group 3 race at the Berkshire track.

Given it was just Blue Bayou's second racecourse start and she wasn't particularly fancied but it was an excellent effort to be beaten only a nose and a short head.

Stepped up in trip in the Sweet Solera, Blue Bayou travelled well at the back of the pack before being brought down the outside by Dane O'Neill to pull away from the front-running pair of Fireglow and Marenko in the closing stages.

Blue Bayou is now likely to take a step back up in class and she holds numerous entries over the next couple of months.

Staying at seven furlongs, or going up to a mile, seems more likely rather than dropping back down to six furlongs for the Cheveley Park Stakes.

Meehan is delighted with Blue Bayou's progress and feels the daughter of Bahamian Bounty has the potential to be a Classic candidate next spring.

He said: "She's in the Rockfel Stakes and the Moyglare Stakes and she will get a mile. She's a class performer and has the right temperament. There's more to come from her, she has the potential to be a Guineas filly."

Qipco 1000 Guineas Stakes 2015
(British Champions Series) (Group 1)
£410,000 added, 3yo only, 1m, Class 1
13 ran
Going: Good to Firm, Firm in places

Pos Draw Dist Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (13) Legatissimo (IRE) 13/2 R L Moore
D Wachman 3
2nd (11) ¾ Lucida (IRE) 9/2f K J Manning
J S Bolger 3
3rd (2) Tiggy Wiggy (IRE) 9/1 R Hughes
R Hannon 3
4th (7) Malabar 11/1 M Harley
M R Channon 3
5th (3) ½ Fadhayyil (IRE) 7/1 P Hanagan
B W Hills 3
6th (6) 1 Irish Rookie (IRE) 20/1 D Sweeney
M Meade 3
7th (9) 3 Osaila (IRE) 15/2 L Dettori
R Hannon 3
8th (12) 1 Queen Nefertiti (IRE) 25/1 W M Lordan
D Wachman 3
9th (10) 1 Terror (IRE) 25/1 Andrea Atzeni
D M Simcock 3
10th (4) 7 Local Time 16/1 James Doyle
S bin Suroor 3
11th (8) 10 Redstart 16/1 P J Dobbs
R M Beckett 3
12th (5) 10 Jellicle Ball (IRE) 7/1 W Buick
J H M Gosden 3
13th (1) ¾ Qualify (IRE) 12/1 J P O'Brien
A P O'Brien 3

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