Qipco 2000 Guineas
|Group 1, Newmarket
1m, Class 1
|Saturday 2nd May 2015|
Ivawood wins the Qatar Bloodstock Richmond Stakes shortens from 16/1 to 8/1 favourite for the 2000 Guineas
Faydhan stamps his claims on 2000 Guineas market
John Gosden’s Chesham Stakes winner enters the frame for 2015 Classic success
Faydhan was introduced as favourite for the Qipco 2000 Guineas after making a superb debut at Haydock on July 3.
The John Gosden-trained colt, owned by Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, impressed BetVictor so much they make the son of War Front 16-1 market leader for the Newmarket Classic.
The 500,000 dollar purchase had been expected to run a big race and was supported to do so, being sent off the 10-11 favourite.
He won in tremendous style despite being slowly away and showing his obvious inexperience. What could not be denied was his class which took him to the front inside the final furlong and he pulled well clear.
He was going further away at the line as he bolted up by six lengths from the race-fit Dutch Connection, with Speedy Move another length and a quarter back in third.
"He's a big baby, he even jumped the road, but he has a great temperament," jockey Paul Hanagan told Racing UK.
Faydhan holds an entry in the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes at York on August 23.
Richard Hannon's Ivawood confirmed the huge promise of his debut win by making just about all the running in the Portland Place Properties July Stakes at Newmarket on July 10.
The John Gosden-trained two-year-old bolted up to see off Toscanini and 15/8 favourite Dick Whittington on the final day of the meeting and in doing so announce his leading claims for the Newmarket Classic.
It was an impressive maiden victory following a debut defeat at HQ where the son of Raven’s Pass tailed off in fourth place having been sent off as the market leader.
But with that run under his belt and the step up in trip to 7f doing the trick, a potential assault on the Rowley Mile is in store for a horse bred and owned by Gosden’s wife, Rachel Hood.
And such was the turn of foot displayed by Richard Pankhurst there is genuine excitement about his 2000 Guineas chances after a comfortable success in the hands of William Buick.
However, with regards to his possible assignments for the remainder of the current campaign, Gosden has already outlined his plans.
The leading trainer has stated his charge is likely to miss Newmarket’s July meeting, opting for an autumn reappearance instead.
Gosden told the Racing Post: “I don’t want to race him through the summer and into the autumn, so we’ll work backwards from races like the Champagne Stakes and Dewhurst, which will be big aims.”
Having justified market favouritism to land the Group 2 race the Al Shaqab Racing-owned juvenile is a 25/1 shot to follow in the footsteps of former Coventry winners such as Dawn Approach and go on to win at Newmarket.
Deauville’s prestigious Prix Morny is a target if ground conditions suit and another impressive performance will only strengthen his position in the betting for the 2000 Guineas.