Qipco 1000 Guineas
|Group 1, Newmarket
1m, Class 1
|Sunday 3rd May 2015|
63 fillies entered for QIPCO 1000 Guineas
Andre Fabre's High Celebrity will miss the race
A planned racecourse gallop was cancelled recently due to a back problem but it was still hoped the filly would run at Newmarket.
The daughter of Invincible Spirit was beaten twice at Newmarket as a juvenile but with those experiences under her belt, Fabre was still keen to bring her back to England for the Classic on May 3.
Osaila held off the challenge of New Providence to land the spoils at Newmarket.
Jan 20 Agnes Stewart claimed the May Hill Stakes at Doncaster last September for trainer Eddie Lynam but then had to give best to Together Forever in the Fillies' Mile at Newmarket on her final start.
Lynam reports his charge in fine form and does not think she will need a run before the May 2 Classic, although he is far from certain that mile trip will prove her optimum distance.
"Agnes Stewart has done well over the winter and strengthened up and the plan is to start her off in the 1000 Guineas," said the County Meath handler.
"She is easy-ish to get fit and I am quite confident that we will be able to get her to concert pitch for May 2."
"The big question with her is, will she need to step up to a mile and a quarter to be seen at her best?"
Lynam also has Anthem Alexander in the 1000 Guineas frame but last year's Queen Mary Stakes winner is more likely to be kept to sprint distances.
"Anthem Alexander has an entry in the Irish 1,000 Guineas and we'll just have to see about entering her for the Newmarket version," Lynam said.
"My gut feeling is that she is a sprinter, but we haven't completely ruled it out.
"If she did run in a Guineas she would probably have to run in a seven-furlong trial in Ireland beforehand, though she would have to carry a Group Two penalty.
"Like Agnes Stewart she has improved physically - she is a very big girl now."
The market is headed by the Aidan O'Brien-trained Found, who finished third to Cursory Glance in the Moyglare but stepped up to win the Prix Marcel Boussac at Longchamp.
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.
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."
Qipco 1000 Guineas Stakes (202nd Running)
(British Champions Series) (Group 1)
£410,000 added, 3yo only, 1m, Class 1
|1212-||Agnes Stewart (IRE)||3||9-0||E Lynam|
|115-||Alea Iacta||3||9-0||A Fabre|
|016156-||Arabian Queen||3||9-0||D R C Elsworth|
|1-||Beautiful Romance||3||9-0||Saeed bin Suroor|
|011220-||Calypso Beat (USA)||3||9-0||K A Ryan|
|31-||Crystal Zvezda||3||9-0||Sir Michael Stoute|
|33-||Curlylocks (IRE)||3||9-0||David Wachman|
|101-||Elite Gardens (USA)||3||9-0||Saeed bin Suroor|
|Elusive Approach (IRE)||3||9-0||J S Bolger|
|11132-||Ervedya||3||9-0||J C Rouget|
|212-||Fadhayyil (IRE)||3||9-0||B W Hills|
|1111-||Fontanelice (IRE)||3||9-0||Mme Christiane Head-Maarek|
|131-||Found (IRE)||3||9-0||A P O'Brien|
|1-||Goodyearforroses (IRE)||3||9-0||Rae Guest|
|11-||Harpy||3||9-0||J C Rouget|
|1213-||High Celebrity (FR)||3||9-0||A Fabre|
|11-||Irish Rookie (IRE)||3||9-0||M Meade|
|1-||Jellicle Ball (IRE)||3||9-0||J H M Gosden|
|122-||La Berma (IRE)||3||9-0||F Chappet|
|1-||Lady Correspondent (USA)||3||9-0||J H M Gosden|
|0312-||Lady Of Dubai||3||9-0||L M Cumani|
|1-||Lap Of Luxury (IRE)||3||9-0||J H M Gosden|
|612-||Legatissimo (IRE)||3||9-0||David Wachman|
|4-1||Letters Of Note (IRE)||3||9-0||M O'Callaghan|
|1-||Likely (GER)||3||9-0||T D Barron|
|111-111||Local Time||3||9-0||Saeed bin Suroor|
|12215-||Lucida (IRE)||3||9-0||J S Bolger|
|51-||Lulani (IRE)||3||9-0||H J L Dunlop|
|241144-||Malabar||3||9-0||M R Channon|
|1214-||Marsh Hawk||3||9-0||Richard Hannon|
|1-||Military Angel (USA)||3||9-0||M O'Callaghan|
|21-||Mistrusting (IRE)||3||9-0||C Appleby|
|1262-||Night Of Light (IRE)||3||9-0||P Bary|
|511513-||Osaila (IRE)||3||9-0||Richard Hannon|
|21-||Pamona (IRE)||3||9-0||L M Cumani|
|41-||Pleascach (IRE)||3||9-0||J S Bolger|
|51-||Plus Ca Change (IRE)||3||9-0||G M Lyons|
|315610-||Qualify (IRE)||3||9-0||A P O'Brien|
|104152-||Queen Bee||3||9-0||E Lellouche|
|1-||Queen Nefertiti (IRE)||3||9-0||David Wachman|
|121-||Rafaadah||3||9-0||J C Rouget|
|2141-||Raydara (IRE)||3||9-0||M Halford|
|21-||Redstart||3||9-0||R M Beckett|
|152-||Risen Sun||3||9-0||C Appleby|
|021541-||Royal Razalma (IRE)||3||9-0||J G Portman|
|213342-||Shagah (IRE)||3||9-0||Richard Hannon|
|31-||Star Of Seville||3||9-0||J H M Gosden|
|1-||Stars And Clouds (IRE)||3||9-0||F Head|
|4431-||Steip Amach (IRE)||3||9-0||J S Bolger|
|232-||Stellar Glow (IRE)||3||9-0||J S Bolger|
|31635-||Stroll Patrol||3||9-0||J P Murtagh|
|212112-||Sunset Glow||3||9-0||Wesley Ward|
|31-||Sympathy (USA)||3||9-0||Sir Michael Stoute|
|3145-||Taaqah (USA)||3||9-0||J Tate|
|141-||Terror (IRE)||3||9-0||D M Simcock|
|212111-||Tiggy Wiggy (IRE)||3||9-0||Richard Hannon|
|12-||Timba||3||9-0||J H M Gosden|
|423111-||Together Forever (IRE)||3||9-0||A P O'Brien|
|2103-||Toogoodtobetrue (IRE)||3||9-0||A P O'Brien|
|13-||Very Special (IRE)||3||9-0||Saeed bin Suroor|
|416-||What Say You (IRE)||3||9-0||Rae Guest|
|1343-||Winters Moon (IRE)||3||9-0||Saeed bin Suroor|