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

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63 fillies entered for QIPCO 1000 Guineas

Andre Fabre's High Celebrity will miss the race

High Celebrity
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High Celebrity
Andre Fabre revealed High Celebrity will not be running in the Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket in May.

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.

Trainer Richard Hannon reckons his Nell Gwyn Stakes winner Osaila should have 3lb to 5lb improvement in her going into the 1,000 Guineas.

Osaila held off the challenge of New Providence to land the spoils at Newmarket.

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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."

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.

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
63 entries
Going: N/A

Form Horse Age Weight Trainer
1212- Agnes Stewart (IRE) 3 9-0 E Lynam
115- Alea Iacta 3 9-0 A Fabre
21- Alfajer 3 9-0 M Botti
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
1412- Muraaqaba 3 9-0 M Johnston
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

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