Qipco 2000 Guineas
|Group 1, Newmarket 15:45
1m, Class 1
|Saturday 30th April 2016|
Massaat has a major shout in 2000 Guineas
Air Force Blue is a red-hot favourite for the 2000 Guineas, but Massaat doesn’t have much to find on him and looks real each-way value in the 208th running of the colts’ Classic at Newmarket on Saturday.
Connections then pitched Massaat into Group 1 company for his final start of the campaign, and the son of Teofilo ran a stormer to finish runner-up to Air Force Blue in the Dewhurst Stakes over 7f at this venue.
After being held-up in fifth behind the leaders, Massaat made good headway down the centre two from home before keeping on nicely to be beaten 3 1/4 lengths without being unduly knocked about.
Although no match for the winner, it was a most taking performance full of promise, and Massaat remains a real sort full of scope who should come into his own as a three-year-old.
The step up to 1m will definitely be in his favour and, with Paul Hanagan in the saddle, Massaat looks capable of running a huge race for rookie handler Owen Burrows.
This colt won four of his five starts as a two-year-old and, prior to his scintillating success in the Dewhurst, had landed a brace of Group 1 contests at the Curragh.
There is little doubt that the son of War front is a very classy sort, and O’Brien has described him as a “monster”. However, Air Force Blue has always come across as a very speedy type and if there are any stamina doubts this stiff mile will find him out.
It’s also a bit of a worry that connections are fitting Air Force Blue with a tongue-tie for the first time, suggesting that he may have some breathing issues. So, although Air Force Blue sets a clear standard on form, there may be enough reasons to take him on.
Qipco 2000 Guineas Stakes
(British Champions Series) (Group 1)
£500,000 added, 3yo only, 1m, Class 1
Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
|1 (5)||121 11-||Air Force Blue (USA) 203||9-0 t1||R L Moore||A P O'Brien||3|
|2 (13)||312-||Air Vice Marshal (USA) 294||9-0||J A Heffernan||A P O'Brien||3|
|3 (2)||121 132-||Buratino (IRE) 217||9-0||James Doyle||M Johnston||3|
|4 (10)||191 15-6||First Selection (SPA) 58||9-0 h||Jim Crowley||S Crisford||3|
|5 (1)||211 13-||Galileo Gold 209||9-0||L Dettori||H Palmer||3|
|6 (11)||211 27-||Herald The Dawn (IRE) 209||9-0||K J Manning||J S Bolger||3|
|7 (4)||164 6-5||Kentucky-connection (USA) 28||9-0 b1||Connor Beasley||B Smart||3|
|8 (7)||511-||Marcel (IRE) 189||9-0||P J Smullen||P W Chapple-Hyam||3|
|9 (8)||212-||Massaat (IRE) 203||9-0||P Hanagan||Owen Burrows||3|
|10 (3)||221-5||Ribchester (IRE) 23||9-0||W Buick||R A Fahey||3|
|11 (9)||331 12-1||Stormy Antarctic 16||9-0||G Baker||Ed Walker||3|
|12 (6)||611 3-3||Zhui Feng (IRE) 18||9-0||T P Queally||Mrs A J Perrett||3|
|13 (12)||145-||Zonderland 189||9-0||A Kirby||C G Cox||3|