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By Billy Blakeman ValueChecker

Nell Gwyn Fails to Provide Too Many 1,000 Guineas Clues

This year’s Nell Gwyn may well have lacked any mature principals for next month’s 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket but the winner always commands a consideration for the initial fillies classic and Barefoot Lady, trained by Richard Fahey, may be supplemented.

1000 Guineas winner in 2010
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Fahey said: "She's only slight, but Paul said they don't come much tougher. "I've got to have a proper chat with the owner about supplementing for the (1000) Guineas, but he is keen. There was a question mark today about the trip but on that display, she should stay a mile. I've had a runner in the Oaks before, but never in the Guineas. We're not used to this! Winning owner Normal Steel added: "The Guineas will be the trainer's decision, but if you asked us, we're keen."

Aidan O’Briensupplied the second by name of Sing Softly and given this filly’s proximity to the winner, she could also be a player in the early classic.

John Gosden’s Maqaasid was close up in third and she could well be back for the Guineas.

Gosden said: "She was giving away 3lb to the rest of them so, on the weights, she's the best filly in the race. If the owners want to go for the Guineas, there's no reason not to."

Overall, it is perhaps sensible to conclude that this was not the strongest Guineas trial; such races being of a declining fashion and ValueChecker is happy enough with it’s ante-post selection Havant (advised at 8/1).

Recommendation: Havant


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