Qipco 1000 Guineas
Group 1, Newmarket
£410,000 added,
3yo only,
1m, Class 1
Sunday 3rd May 2015

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Edward Lynam has confirmed that his promising star Agnes Stewart will head straight to the QIPCO 1000 Guineas.

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.

Agnes Stewart
Agnes Stewart

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?"

Anthem Alexander
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Anthem Alexander

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."

Jan 16 Roger Varian has been dealt a big blow with the news that Qipco 1000 Guineas second-favourite Cursory Glance will miss the Classic.

Winner of the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot, the daughter of Distorted Humor gave Varian a Group One win in Ireland when landing the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh in September.

Her form was continually franked and she looked certain to be a major player at Newmarket in May.

Speaking on his website, the trainer said: "Unfortunately Cursory Glance has sustained a fetlock injury during routine training. She will need time to recover, which will rule her out of the English 1000 Guineas. The prognosis for a full recovery is excellent.

"The prospect of having her ready for the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot is very realistic and that will now be the plan."

Found
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Found

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.

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Sep 26 Jim Bolger's Lucida justified even-money favouritism in the Shadwell Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket on September 26.

Lucida
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Lucida
Second to Cursory Glance in the Moyglare Stud Stakes just 12 days previously, she appeared to be going nowhere back in fourth when the field entered the dip, and had to work harder than her odds might have suggested.

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."

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