|Tuesday 16th April 2019
Advertise Gears Up for 2000 Guineas
Martyn Meade's Advertise limbered up for the Qipco 2000 Guineas with a racecourse gallop on Newmarket's Rowley Mile on April 16.
Racegoers attending the first day of the three-day bet365 Craven Meeting and those who watch horse racing online were able to enjoy the added attraction of watching public workouts by Phoenix Of Spain and Advertise - two leading fancies for the Group 1 in May.
An impressive Advertise, returning to racing's HQ for the first time since coming second in last year’s Dewhurst Stakes, finished nicely ahead of stablemate Infrastructure, after tracking his work companion for much of the gallop.
Last year’s Phoenix Stakes winner moved up under Oisin Murphy and crossed the line around four lengths clear.
Meade said: “It was pleasing, and I could not be happier with the bit of work. Just mentally, it will have helped him because suddenly he knows he is back at the races.
“He didn’t do too much, and if he needed he could have changed his hands and gone. I think it will bring him on no end. He will do one more bit of work now.
“We were always going to run him straight off in the Guineas, because we can get them fit enough at home.
“We just wanted to take him for an away day because they can get bored. Thanks go to Michael Prosser (clerk of the course), who has been so helpful.”
Last year’s Acomb Stakes winner Phoenix Of Spain also had a spin on the Rowley Mile and afterwards Charlie Hills admitted that he faces a race against time to get him ready for the Guineas.
Hills said: “We had a bit of a setback with him in January, and he had a good time there during that month just walking.
“I’m just concerned about his fitness. He is in a good place and is feeling very good – but he probably got a bit tired in the last furlong. It is a little bit of a race against time if we do want to go to Newmarket.
“The good thing is we have the French Guineas a few days later, and there is the Irish Guineas as well. He will do a little bit of work on Saturday, and next week will tell us where we are.”