Qipco 2000 Guineas
|Group 1, Newmarket
1m, Class 1
|Saturday 2nd May 2015|
Ivawood wins the Qatar Bloodstock Richmond Stakes and becomes favourite for the 2000 Guineas
Richard Pankhurst enters the frame for 2015 Classic success
Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum's exciting prospect Faydhan has suffered a setback that could rule him out for the rest of the season.
The son of War Front was in contention for several of the top two-year-old races this term after he impressively defeated last week's Acomb Stakes winner Dutch Connection by six lengths on his debut at Haydock on July 3.
That victory took him towards the top of the ante-post market for the Qipco 2000 Guineas, but the John Gosden-trained colt has sustained a leg injury that has put all plans on hold.
"He's had a little setback. We're going to struggle to get him back on the track this year," said Sheikh Hamdan's racing manager Angus Gold.
"Hopefully it's nothing major, just bad timing. We're trying to find out how serious it is.
"He's definitely had a setback and he won't run for a while.
"It's a leg injury, but hopefully nothing major.
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.”
He previously showed a smart turn of foot to win the Galileo European Breeders Fund Futurity Stakes at the same track on August 24.