Qipco 1000 Guineas
Group 1, Newmarket
£500,000 added,
3yo only,
1m, Class 1  
Sunday 6th May 2018

64 entries the Group 1 Fillies' race

Laurens
Burke favouring QIPCO 1000 Guineas challenge for Fillies’ mile heroine Laurens

Karl Burke is set to saddle his first ever QIPCO 1000 Guineas runner as he has two candidates – Laurens and Ellthea – among the 64 entries for the 205th running of the £500,000 fillies’ Classic at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Racecourse on Sunday, 6th May. Run over a straight mile, it is the second leg of the 2018 QIPCO British Champions Series

Laurens is undoubtedly the pick of the pair having beaten Ellthea by four and a half lengths into fifth place in the bet365 Fillies’ Mile over this very course and distance last October.

Yet while Burke holds a powerful hand, it is nothing compared to the strength of the multiple Irish Champion Trainer, Aidan O’Brien – his 16 representatives amount to exactly one quarter of the entire entry.

Top of O’Brien’s list is the easy Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes winner, Clemmie, alongside two other Group 1 scorers, Happily and Magical, not to mention September, who suffered traffic problems before flashing home to be beaten a nose by Laurens in the bet365 Fillies’ Mile.

A fifth different Group 1 winner among the entrants is Wild Illusion, who gave trainer Charlie Appleby his second straight Prix Marcel Boussac triumph at Chantilly last October, while the unbeaten Wind Chimes could bid to give her French handler, Andre Fabre, a second QIPCO 1000 Guineas victory in the last five years.

Mark Johnston, responsible for one of the QIPCO 2000 Guineas favourites in the shape of Elarqam, has two entries here – the Group 2 Lowther Stakes winner, Threading, and Nyaleti, who landed the Group 3 Princess Margaret Stakes by five lengths.

Karl Burke trainer of Ellthea and Laurens, said:

“Laurens has wintered really well and couldn’t look any better, I am very happy with her. She has filled her frame and is still a beautiful-looking filly who is very light on her feet.”

“We have had no hold ups or setbacks with her and we are just starting to step up her work – she lengthened nicely yesterday morning which would be as much as she has done thus far.”

“We are not committed to running her in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas but it is the favoured option for both John [Dance, her owner] and myself.”

“It would only be if she began to train more like a mile and a quarter or a mile and a half horse that we might possibly wait and run her in the Musidora Stakes instead. She will tell us more about that over the next month or six weeks.”

“I am reluctant to turn the screw too tight with her at this stage of the season but at the same time if she does go for the Guineas I want her to be ready for it. So it is quite possible that we might take her down to Newmarket for the Craven Meeting (17th-19th April) and give her a racecourse gallop.”

“Ellthea is a different type of horse, more compact, who has already proved herself very effective on slow ground.”

“At one stage in the bet365 Fillies’ Mile it looked as if she and Laurens might fill the first two places so my first reaction when they crossed the line was that she didn’t stay, but Colm [O’Donoghue, her jockey] was adamant that she had got the trip, she had simply found the ground too fast.”

“She will probably go no further than a mile and she could start back in Ireland for one of the seven furlong trial races as she should definitely get her ground there.”

Charlie Appleby enjoyed an excellent afternoon on day two of the bet365 Craven Meeting at Newmarket, headlined by his Soliloquy winning the Nell Gwyn Stakes.

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Qipco 1000 Guineas Stakes
(British Champions Series) (Group 1)
£500,000 added, 3yo only, 1m, Class 1
64 entries
Going:

Form Horse Age Weight Trainer
262139- Actress (IRE) 255 3 9-0 A P O'Brien
31- Aim Of Artemis (IRE) 236 3 9-0 J H M Gosden
2-1 Alghabrah (IRE) 26 3 9-0 K Prendergast
1125- Alpha Centauri (IRE) 238 3 9-0 Mrs J Harrington
221- Altyn Orda (IRE) 205 3 9-0 R Varian
63119- Anna Nerium 205 3 9-0 R Hannon
1- Beauty Filly 227 3 9-0 W J Haggas
21-1 Beshaayir 27 3 9-0 W J Haggas
213115- Billesdon Brook 234 3 9-0 R Hannon
521254- Butterscotch (IRE) 205 3 9-0 A P O'Brien
642113- Bye Bye Baby (IRE) 196 3 9-0 A P O'Brien
11317- Capla Temptress (IRE) 184 3 9-0 M Botti
1- Chiara Luna (USA) 262 3 9-0 D K Weld
41- Chrisellaine (IRE) 236 3 9-0 C Hills
Cileopatra (IRE) 3 9-0 S bin Suroor
37111- Clemmie (IRE) 218 3 9-0 A P O'Brien
1- Contingent 196 3 9-0 D K Weld
1-1 Dancing Brave Bear (USA) 31 3 9-0 E F Vaughan
5120- Dark Rose Angel (IRE) 205 3 9-0 S Crisford
8- Darkness Falls (USA) 203 3 9-0 A P O'Brien
11132- Different League (FR) 218 3 9-0 A P O'Brien
015- Dramatically (USA) 196 3 9-0 A P O'Brien
415- Easter Lily (IRE) 283 3 9-0 A P O'Brien
312126- Eirene 218 3 9-0 D K Ivory
169115- Ellthea (IRE) 205 3 9-0 K R Burke
21046- Ertiyad 253 3 9-0 W J Haggas
1132- Gavota 205 3 9-0 R Charlton
112110- Happily (IRE) 184 3 9-0 A P O'Brien
3-71 Heart Power 64 3 9-0 I Mohammed
523-26 Hence (IRE) 26 3 9-0 A P O'Brien
11451- Hikmaa (IRE) 190 3 9-0 E F Vaughan
13- I Can Fly 205 3 9-0 A P O'Brien
1211- Laurens (FR) 205 3 9-0 K R Burke
21- Liquid Amber (USA) 252 3 9-0 W McCreery
Luceita (IRE) 3 9-0 J S Bolger
1- Lush Life (IRE) 179 3 9-0 J A Osborne
151230- Madeline (IRE) 184 3 9-0 R Varian
211244- Magical (IRE) 205 3 9-0 A P O'Brien
234- Mary Tudor (IRE) 224 3 9-0 W McCreery
1280-3 Model (FR) 29 3 9-0 R Hannon
2223-14 Moisson Precoce 27 3 9-0 Francois Rohaut
5-113 Morning Has Broken (IRE) 92 3 9-0 D R C Elsworth
117- Narella (IRE) 217 3 9-0 R Varian
1027- Natural (IRE) 255 3 9-0 R Hannon
91- Nawassi 183 3 9-0 J H M Gosden
16329-6 Nyaleti (IRE) 37 3 9-0 M Johnston
15- Orsera (IRE) 183 3 9-0 P W Chapple-Hyam
Park Bloom (IRE) 3 9-0 J S Bolger
1- Sarrocchi (IRE) 190 3 9-0 A P O'Brien
1 Sayf Shamal (USA) 120 3 9-0 C Appleby
Scriobh Nua (IRE) 3 9-0 J S Bolger
114323- September (IRE) 184 3 9-0 A P O'Brien
321424- Sizzling (IRE) 210 3 9-0 A P O'Brien
08- Snowflakes (IRE) 317 3 9-0 A P O'Brien
16117- Tajaanus (IRE) 234 3 9-0 R Hannon
11- Teppal (FR) 223 3 9-0 D M Simcock
117- Threading (IRE) 218 3 9-0 M Johnston
31- Veracious 205 3 9-0 Sir Michael Stoute
31- Vitamin (IRE) 254 3 9-0 R Hannon
White Light 3 9-0 S bin Suroor
131- Wild Illusion 217 3 9-0 C Appleby
11- Wind Chimes 166 3 9-0 A Fabre
2-113 Winter Lightning (IRE) 66 3 9-0 S bin Suroor
1- Worship (IRE) 137 3 9-0 D M Simcock