White Moonstone Among 79 Engaged for 1000 Guineas
The Dynaformer filly, trained by Saeed bin Suroor, made it four wins from four starts when seeing off the O’Brien-trained runner-up Together and third-placed Theysken’s Theory from the Brian Meehan stable, to win the Ascot contest and she continues to please connections.
Suroor revealed today: “White Moonstone is on course for the 1000 Guineas and she is in very good order at the moment. She has developed well with a nice winter in Dubai and she looks in good condition.
“We have put her back into full training and she will do a gallop at the end of March before continuing with the serious work when she returns to Newmarket in early April.
“The going was good to soft when she won the Fillies’ Mile but I think that good ground would be fair enough for her, like she had at Doncaster. She won twice over a mile as a two-year-old, so you would expect her to get further in time, but we will see how she gets on at Newmarket before deciding whether to step her up in distance.”
Suroor also trains recent Group Three UAE Oaks victor Khawlah, who was impressive when winning that Meydan contest.
He said: “We will keep the options open for Khawlah and she came out of her victory in the UAE Oaks in good heart. We might start her off in the Tattersalls Musidora Stakes at York instead of the 1000 Guineas and take her season from there. She is another nice filly who is improving all of the time.”
Godolphin, whose royal blue colours have been carried to victory in the past aboard the Suroor-trained Cape Verdi (1998) and Kazzia (2002), could also be represented in the £350,000 contest by the Mahmood Al Zarooni-trained Zoowraa, impressive when winning a Listed race at Newbury, plus Blue Bunting and Sunset Avenue from the same stable.
Also taking high rank among the entries is last season’s impressive Group One Adnams Cheveley Park Stakes winner Hooray from the Sir Mark Prescott stable.
The Cheveley Park Stud-owned daughter of Invincible Spirit was rated the best two-year-old filly in Europe with an official rating of 117, and is expected to make her three-year-old debut in the Newmarket Classic.
Among 23 Irish-trained fillies is Misty For Me from Aidan O’Brien’s Balldoyle yard, who defeated Laughing Lashes to take the Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes and rounded off her juvenile campaign with a victory over the highly regarded Criquette Head-Maarek-trained Helleborine in the Group One Prix Marcel-Boussac at Longchamp.
Head-Maarek has plundered the 1000 Guineas on four occasions from her French base (1983 Ma Biche, 1988 Ravinella, 1992 Hatoof, 2010 Special Duty) and could also saddle Exemplify, while another among the eight French-trained entries is Moonlight Cloud, trained by Freddie Head, who lost her unbeaten tag with a fine effort against the colts to take fourth in the Group One Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere.
Sir Michael Stoute has an exciting candidate in the shape of Havant, who slammed the O’Brien-trained Look At Me to land the Group Three Sakhee Oh So Sharp Stakes on the Rowley Mile in October.
Memory, trained by Richard Hannon landed the Group Three Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Group Two Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Cherry Hinton Stakes at Newmarket’s July Festival last year, while the Mick Channon-trained Soraaya, runner-up in the latter contest, took the Group Two Abu Dhabi Princess Margaret Stakes at Ascot.
Newmarket's director of racing, Michael Prosser, said: "There is real strength in depth to this year's 1000 Guineas entry and I am particularly pleased to see how numbers are up on last year at this stage.
"The race is regularly won by an outstanding filly and I see no reason why that won't be the case on May 1. This year's 1000 Guineas has added lustre in that it is part of the British Champions’ Series."
THE 1000 GUINEAS (THE 198th RUNNING)
Class 1, Group 1, Total Prize fund £350,000. Newmarket, Sunday, May 1, 2011, one mile. For three-year-old fillies only. Entries closed March 1, entries revealed March 3 (79 entries). Scratchings deadline noon, April 19. Six-day confirmation and £30,000 supplementary stage noon, April 25. Final declaration stage 10.00am, April 29. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up and including the racing of Monday, February 28, 2010. May not include some overseas form.
Form Horse Owner Trainer
ALL TIME Khalid Abdulla Henry Cecil
AMAZING WIN (IRE) Jaber Abdullah Mick Channon
3150- BANIMPIRE (IRE) Jackie Bolger Jim Bolger IRE
211- BLUE BUNTING (USA) Godolphin Mahmood Al Zarooni
(3)2- BREEDJ (IRE) Saeed Manana Clive Brittain
411- BREVITY (USA) Lucinda Freedman Brian Meehan
3131- CAPE DOLLAR (IRE) Saeed Suhail Sir Michael Stoute
11- CHRYSANTHEMUM (IRE) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier David Wachman IRE
CLAIOMH SOLAIS (IRE) Jackie Bolger & Harry Dobson Jim Bolger IRE
(1)2262- COCHABAMBA (IRE) The Rat Racers Roger Teal
DAIRIRE (IRE) Jackie Bolger Jim Bolger IRE
165- DATE WITH DESTINY (IRE) Julie Wood Richard Hannon
DFFRA (IRE) Saif Ali & Saeed Altayer Clive Brittain
(6)(2)- DUBAI QUEEN (USA) Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum Luca Cumani
001- EIRNIN (IRE) Annemarie O'Brien Aidan O'Brien IRE
22- ELSHABAKIYA (IRE) Saeed Manana Clive Brittain
0(2)(1)- EMPOWERING (IRE) Annemarie O'Brien Aidan O'Brien IRE
413(1)11- EUCHARIST (IRE) Julie Wood Richard Hannon
15- EXEMPLIFY Khalid Abdulla Criquette Head-Maarek FR
21- GOSSAMER SEED (IRE) O Finetto John Murphy IRE
1- HANDASSA Hamdan Al Maktoum Kevin Prendergast IRE
11- HAVANT James & Anita Wigan Sir Michael Stoute
1112- HELLEBORINE Khalid Abdulla Criquette Head-Maarek FR
0361(1)1- HOORAY Cheveley Park Stud Sir Mark Prescott Bt
136- HURRICANE HAVOC (IRE) June Judd & Jackie Bolger Jim Bolger IRE
153- I LOVE ME Neven Botica Andrew Balding
12- IMMORTAL VERSE (IRE) Richard Strauss Robert Collet FR
2- IZZI TOP Helena Springfield Ltd John Gosden
3- JOVIALITY H R H Princess Haya of Jordan John Gosden
212513- KATLA (IRE) John Grogan John Grogan IRE
213-(1) KHAWLAH (IRE) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
131- LADIES ARE FOREVER Reg Bond Geoff Oldroyd
LADY KASORA (IRE) O Finetto John Murphy IRE
2212- LAUGHING LASHES (USA) Betty Moran Jessica Harrington IRE
12- LOOK AT ME (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
011- MAJESTIC DUBAWI Jaber Abdullah Mick Channon
(0)1- MAKE A DANCE (USA) Khalid Abdulla Barry Hills
211114- MAMBIA Martin Schwartz Jean Claude Rouget FR
1- MANAABER (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum Barry Hills
1143- MAQAASID Hamdan Al Maktoum John Gosden
102431- MASAYA Saeed Manana Clive Brittain
1116- MEMORY (IRE) Highclere Thoroughbred Racing-Masquerade Richard Hannon
2- METHAYEL (IRE) Saeed Manana Clive Brittain
01211- MISTY FOR ME (IRE) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
6(1)-(3)(1) MIXED INTENTION (IRE) J Romel Fabrice Vermeulen FR
(1)14- MOONLIGHT CLOUD George Strawbridge Freddie Head FR
1- MORNING CHARM (USA) George Strawbridge John Gosden
NAHRAIN Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Michael Jarvis
01422- NOVA HAWK Ahmed Mouknass Rodolphe Collet FR
2(1)13- NOVA STEP Ahmed Mouknass Francois Rohaut FR
64- PANOPTIC The Black Type Partnership Henry Cecil
2135- PONTENUOVO (FR) Bjorn Nielsen Roger Charlton
1- PRESENT DANGER Andrew Black & Michael Owen Tom Dascombe
31- QUSHCHI Gillian, Lady Howard de Walden William Jarvis
321144- RADHARCNAFARRAIGE (IRE) Grainne Seoige Jim Bolger IRE
23- RAINBOW SPRINGS George Strawbridge John Gosden
3- RIOCHAS (IRE) Jackie Bolger Jim Bolger IRE
SAKTOON (USA) Saeed Manana Clive Brittain
010- SHIM SHAM (IRE) Bjorn Nielsen Brian Meehan
42(2)1- SHOW RAINBOW Jaber Abdullah Mick Channon
3- SHUHRA (IRE) Hamdan Al Maktoum William Haggas
(0)- SING SOFTLY (USA) Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
13- SO STYLISH (USA) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
1210- SORAAYA (IRE) Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Mick Channon
06(2)(2)(2)-(1) STRICTLY PINK (IRE) A J H Alan Bailey
(2)(1)0- SUBMISSION Pearl Bloodstock Ltd Luca Cumani
(2)- SUNDAY BESS (JPN) Andrew Black Tom Dascombe
1- SUNSET AVENUE (USA) Godolphin Mahmood Al Zarooni
152401- SWEET CECILY (IRE) Julie Wood Richard Hannon
TEO'S SISTER (IRE) Jackie Bolger Jim Bolger IRE
(6)210- THE SHREW Bill Gredley John Gosden
0113(6)- THEYSKENS' THEORY (USA) Andrew Rosen Brian Meehan
134235- TOGETHER (IRE) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
6(5)5- TRAFFIC SISTER (USA) Fitri Hay Stan Moore
21520- WILD WIND (GER) Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
2- WONDER OF WONDERS (USA) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
1- ZAMINAST Khalid Abdulla Dermot Weld IRE
11- ZOOWRAA Godolphin Mahmood Al Zarooni
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