Qipco 1000 Guineas
|Group 1, Newmarket 15:45
1m, Class 1
|Sunday 7th May 2017|
Defending champion Aidan O'Brien enters eight including Rhododendron
Three daughters of Frankel head the 57 entries for the QIPCO 1000 Guineas on May 7.
Aidan O’Brien, the trainer of Minding, has eight entered in the 1000 Guineas, including Rhododendron, the ante-post favourite, who beat stablemate Hydrangea (also entered) in the Dubai Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket in October.
Meanwhile, Charlie Appleby has entered Wuheida, Grecian Light, Sobetsu and Fashion Theory, with the first-named, winner of the Prix Marcel Boussac at Chantilly in October, his No 1 candidate.
Wuheida will head straight to the Qipco 1000 Guineas - though Appleby feels the unbeaten filly will more realistically be "at her best" in the Investec Oaks.
The three-year-old daughter of Dubawi looked the real deal as a juvenile, with a Newmarket maiden success impressively backed up by a Group One triumph on Arc day at Chantilly in October.
Appleby told the Guardian: "Even going into the Marcel Boussac (at Chantilly), we'd already pencilled her in for the Oaks.
"She's going to go straight to the Guineas. I don't want to come back in trip to seven (furlongs) and I'm not worried about getting beat.
"Sometimes the European mindset is that you don't want to be beaten but you've got to look at the bigger prize and it's how you get to that prize.
"Yes, the Guineas is obviously a big prize but the Oaks is where we're going to see her at her best so we are working back from that.
"She might not be sharp enough to go and win a Guineas, we don't know, but we're going to get a better assessment of her if we can see her with a true end to-end gallop going forward to the Oaks."
Qipco 1000 Guineas Stakes
(British Champions Series) (Group 1)
£500,000 added, 3yo only, 1m, Class 1