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.
Dec 08 Olivier Peslier is in line to partner the Roger Varian-trained Cursory Glance next May.
The filly won three of her first four starts as a juvenile, including the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot, with Andrea Atzeni an ever-present on board Cursory Glance.
However, Atzeni has taken the role as number one jockey for owners Qatar Racing for 2015 and Varian has moved quickly to ensure he has Frenchman Peslier in the saddle for next year's event at Newmarket.
"Given the strong team Andrea has behind him, both myself and the owner Craig Bennett felt it wouldn't be sensible to go all winter hoping he would be available to ride Cursory Glance in the spring, so we've moved to book Olivier Peslier and we're delighted to have done so," Varian is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
"We just felt on the balance of probability, there is a good chance Andrea will be unavailable. I'm sure Qatar Racing are hoping to have runners in the Classics and they have a couple of fillies who could run in Guineas trials.
"There has obviously been a jockey shuffle this season and we didn't want to wait and leave our jockey arrangements until the last minute.
"The arrangement with Olivier encompasses everything up to and including the Guineas, provided he is not committed to riding for his retainer in France. We'll see how the season plays out after that."
Varian remains unsure if he will run Cursory Glance in a Guineas trial ahead of the showpiece event at Newmarket, but he does hope Peslier gets a chance to partner his charge before the 1000 Guineas in some capacity.
He added: "It's too early to tell whether the filly will run in a Guineas trial or not. I'm not ruling it out and I'm not ruling it in at this stage. You can say one thing in December and feel completely different come March or April.
"All being well she'll either run in a trial or have a racecourse gallop and provided he's available, Olivier would ride her in either and then in the Guineas."
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."1000 Guineas Site dedicated to the first three year old Classic of the British flat racing season. Includes information on past winners, entries, runner form, trainer and jockey stats and latest betting odds and market movers.