Qipco 2000 Guineas
Group 1, Newmarket 15:45
£498,750 added,
3yo only,
1m, Class 1
Saturday 30th April 2016

Jan 15 Ground conditions will play a major part in dictating which 2000 Guineas route Galileo Gold ends up going down, according to trainer Hugo Palmer.

Galileo Gold
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Galileo Gold

While last year's Vintage Stakes winner will be given a Guineas preparation, plans remain fluid as to which one will be his ultimate target.

The three-year-old, who was last seen finishing third in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp in October, stepped up on his work at home last week after having his first canter of the year alongside stablemate Strong Steps.

Palmer said: "Physically, the horse has done unbelievably well from two to three.

"He was a very leggy two-year-old, but he has now come right down the legs and has put 70 kilograms on. He has done really well and I am just absolutely delighted with him.

"We are going to prepare him for a Guineas and he will have entries in all three (English, Irish and French).

"He does not want fast ground and he will run where the ground is most suitable for him.

"The great thing is you don't have to enter prep races early so we can make a call at the beginning of April.

"We will just see if he needs a run, as all horses are different.

"He has always been quite a clean-winded horse so my guess is that he probably won't go for one."

Dec 30 Joseph O'Brien is predicting big things from Air Force Blue in 2016.

A winner of four of his five starts at two for Aidan O'Brien, with O'Brien jnr in the saddle for two of them, his only defeat came behind Buratino in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Air Force Blue
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Air Force Blue

He later went on to turn that form around in the Phoenix Stakes and concluded a great first season with a comfortable win in the Dewhurst at Newmarket.

"Air Force Blue is an exceptional horse; he has a lot of speed and class," said O'Brien.

"He never looked like he was going to be a two-year-old as he's such a big horse, but he just got better and better all year.

"He always worked well and really improved when he got to the track, every time. He was untouchable as a two-year-old and he's turned into a huge, big monster of a horse. He's done really well and he's a very exciting horse for next season. The 2000 Guineas is the plan."

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Jan 06 Trainer Mark Johnston has revealed last year's Coventry Stakes hero Buratino is set to return to Newmarket for a shot at the 2000 Guineas having finished second at the track on his final start of the season in the Middle Park Stakes.

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He said: "Mum (Deirdre Johnston) has been riding out Buratino. He is in really good form and looks well and he will be aimed at the Guineas. After that we can reassess.

"Watching the Middle Park run, he was staying on well and if anything he was gaining on Shalaa.

"He is a much easier ride for William (Buick) and he has started to settle well and I personally think he will stay the mile as well."

Qipco 2000 Guineas Stakes 2015
(British Champions Series) (Group 1)
£498,750 added, 3yo only, 1m, Class 1
18 ran
Going: Good to Firm (Watered)

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (16) Gleneagles (IRE) 4/1f R L Moore A P O'Brien 3
2nd (19) Territories (IRE) 5/1 M Barzalona
A Fabre 3
3rd (5) ¾ Ivawood (IRE) 10/1 R Hughes
R Hannon 3
4th (12) ½ Bossy Guest (IRE) 50/1 Charles Bishop
M R Channon 3
5th (1) 2 Celestial Path (IRE) 14/1 L Morris
Sir Mark Prescott 3
6th (17) Home Of The Brave (IRE) 25/1 James Doyle
H Palmer 3
7th (13) ¾ Dutch Connection 25/1 W Buick
C Hills 3
8th (15) s.h Moheet (IRE) 20/1 L Dettori
R Hannon 3
9th (3) nse Ride Like The Wind (IRE) 20/1 M Guyon
F Head 3
10th (9) ¾ Hail The Hero (IRE) 100/1 D Tudhope
D O'Meara 3
11th (10) ½ Cappella Sansevero 40/1 Andrea Atzeni
G M Lyons 3
12th (4) 1 Code Red 100/1 M Dwyer
W R Muir 3
13th (7) ½ Kool Kompany (IRE) 20/1 P J Dobbs
R Hannon 3
14th (6) Estidhkaar (IRE) 6/1 P Hanagan
R Hannon 3
15th (11) 1 Intilaaq (USA) 8/1 Dane O'Neill
R Varian 3
16th (8) 1 Room Key 100/1 J Fortune
Eve Johnson Houghton 3
17th (18) 6 Glenalmond (IRE) 66/1 K Fallon
K R Burke 3
18th (2) 27 Ol' Man River (IRE) 6/1 J P O'Brien
A P O'Brien 3
NR (14) Elm Park 10/1 9-0 A M Balding 3

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