Qipco 1000 Guineas
|Group 1, Newmarket
1m, Class 1
|Sunday 3rd May 2015|
Oct 06 Ballydoyle’s filly Found is now favourite for next year’s 1000 Guineas after taking the Marcel Boussac at Longchamp in impressive style.
The Roger Varian-trained youngster has barely put a foot wrong in four starts to date, winning her debut at Kempton before picking up Group Three honours in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot.
She met with a length and a half defeat at the hands of the speedy Tiggy Wiggy in the Lowther at York and then stepped up to seven furlongs to strike at the top level at the Curragh, on a weekend when Varian also won the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster.
Speaking at Goodwood, Varian said: "We haven't made our mind up what we'll do yet. She came out of the Moyglare so well we have the option of running her again if we want."
General ante-post favourite for the Qipco 1000 Guineas, she does hold an entry in the Dubai Fillies' Mile at Newmarket on October 17.
Sep 26 Jim Bolger's Lucida justified even-money favouritism in the Shadwell Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket on September 26.
For a few strides it looked as if Sheikh Hamdan was going to win the race he sponsors as Fadhayyil hit the front, despite still looking green, but on meeting the rising ground Lucida seemed much more at home and Kevin Manning always looked confident he would hit the front.
Lucida pulled a length clear of Fadhayyil, with another two lengths back to New Providence in third.
Paddy Power cut Lucida into 10-1 from 14s for the Qipco 1000 Guineas.
Bolger said: "You're always a bit concerned when they are coming back quickly, but I was hoping she could show the same level of form.
"I was always happy enough, as I know she has a very relaxed way of racing. Kevin had to just niggle her along a little bit, but I knew she would pick up for him. I expected when she hit the rising ground that she would pick up.
"I'll have to talk to John Ferguson (Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock advisor), she was no more than 50-50 to run in the Fillies' Mile. I think she will get a mile and I'd say the Guineas will be her big target."
Finsceal Beo won both races for the stable and Bolger added: "I don't think there's much between them."
Hills said of the runner-up: "She is probably still a bit green. She quickened up well, she pricked her ears in front and got slightly unbalanced on a couple of occasions.
"I think it's unlikely she'll run again this year but, if she does, it'll be in the Fillies' Mile. I would have thought she'll go straight to the 1000 Guineas."