Andy Holding's Friday Racing Tips
Forecast Prices: Alpha Centauri 4/1, Clemmie 3/1, Billesdon Brook 5/1, Teppal 6/1, Threading 16/1, Veracious 10/1, Coeur De Beaute 10/1, Anna Nerium 14/1, Adorable 25/1, Aim Of Artemis 25/1, Whitefountainfairy 25/1, Nkosikazi 100/1, Capla Temptress 12/1
Last Year's Race: Winter, 3, 9 0, R L Moore, 4/9, A P O'Brien, 7 ran
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This looks like one of the best races of the week. It would be easy to regard Billesdon Brook’s 66/1 victory in the 1,000 Guineas as a fluke but connections have forked out to supplement here for this and the second, Laurens, won last week’s French Oaks and the third, Happily, finished a similar distance behind ALPHA CENTAURI in the Irish 1,000 Guineas. That latter race has provided plenty of winners of this Group 1 and Jessica Harrington’s filly, just beaten when favourite for the Albany Stakes here last year, can come out on top today on her favoured ground. Clemmie was only ninth at the Curragh but she’ll strip fitter today and was last year’s top-rated juvenile. Teppal was better drawn than Coeur De Beaute when winning the French 1,000 Guineas but still had to battle for a gap and she is another who will have come on for the run. Capla Temptress looks held on the form book while Threading’s task at York was made easier with two late withdrawals. Veracious will need to be very smart to win this on her reappearance but Aim Of Artemis won at Newmarket, despite veering across the track, though this is a much stiffer assignment.
ALPHA CENTAURI was runner-up in the Albany at this meeting 12 months ago and has taken her form to a new level since, winning the Irish 1,000 Guineas last month. Jessica Harrington's charge got on top late on last time and remains open to further improvement over a mile. Billesdon Brook won the English 1000 Guineas from Laurens, form which was boosted by Karl Burke's charge in the Prix de Diane last weekend, and is the one expected to put up most resistance, though unbeaten French filly Teppal also demands the utmost respect. At bigger prices, Anna Nerium is interesting on the back of her Group 3 second at Epsom, when she finished strongly from rear to go down by under a length at the line, albeit she was a well-held seventh in the 1000 Guineas previously.
Prediction: 1st Alpha Centauri, 2nd Billesdon Brook, 3rd Teppal