Qipco 1000 Guineas
|Group 1, Newmarket
1m, Class 1
|Sunday 3rd May 2015|
Cursory Glance in Guineas frame after Albany win
Arabian Queen sees off French raider High Celebrity to win the Group 2 Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket
The finish looked set to be fought out between the giant American filly Sunset Glow and David Evans' 9-2 joint-favourite Patience Alexander as the pair began to pull clear on entering the final furlong.
However, Andrea Atzeni, riding his first Royal Ascot winner in a breakthrough season, brought his mount through to challenge and when she picked up the Kempton winner (14-1) was always going to reach the front two.
There was strong money all day for David Wachman's Sexy Legs, but she never looked like taking a hand in the finish.
Sunset Glow battled back past Patience Alexander to claim second.
Atzeni said: "It's great. I had some good rides through the week and I was hoping to get a winner.
"She wasn't the quickest out of the stalls but she travelled really good and from two (furlongs) down I got on the quarters of the American horse. She quickened away from me, but my filly has outstayed them.
"She's a very nice filly and we've always liked her."
With just five runners going to post for the Group Two contest, Andre Fabre's Chantilly maiden winner High Celebrity was all the rage as the 4-9 favourite and was ridden with confidence by Maxime Guyon.
David Elsworth's Queen Mary sixth Arabian Queen, on the other hand, was sent straight to the lead by Moore on her first attempt at six furlongs. Moore began to wind up the gallop from over two furlongs down and although Guyon tracked the move aboard the market leader, she was unable to reel in the leader.
With the rail to guid her, 4-1 shot Arabian Queen found plenty for pressure to score by a length and a quarter. Tongue Twista was a long way back in third.
Moore, completing a double after scoring aboard Nakuti in the opening fillies' handicap, said: "She jumped out of the stalls well and she probably won't get the credit she deserves, but she's probably a fairly good filly. Her mother (Barshiba) was very good and got better as she got older, so hopefully she will as well."
Elsworth said: "She was probably unlucky at Ascot with the draw, but she came good today. We kept it simple, I said to get her in a rhythm and ride her whatever way you like. She 's very easy, she settles and Ryan got it right."
Arabian Queen's owner Jeff Smith said: "We could look at the Lowther at York next, and her main aim will be the Cheveley Park."
Elsworth already has one eye on next year's 1000 Guineas on the Rowley Mile.
He said: "I think she'll stay a mile, and I believe there's a Group One in Newmarket next spring."
Fabre was not too disappointed with the runner-up. He said: "She had only had one run so there was the lack of experience. At one point I thought she was going to win easily, but Maxime said the ground didn't help her.
"We have a different programme for two-year-olds in France and this was a big step. In all I'm a bit disappointed, but on the other hand I'm happy.
Betfred went an industry-shortest 14/1 (from 20/1) about Al Naamah for the 2015 QIPCO 1000 Guineas following sustained market support since her impressive debut success at Chantilly on June 23.
The filly, the highest priced yearling ever sold at public auction in Europe, was also trimmed for next year's Investec Oaks.
Betfred spokesman Andrew Griffiths said: "We thought 20/1 for the Guineas was reasonable at this stage, but punters seem convinced it was far too big.
"It's unusual to see this sort of money in the Guineas market this early and suggests punters are confident she will live up to her lofty price tag."