Sam Turner was in great form on Saturday so don't miss his guide to today's CH4 action.
A rather low-key affair to open 1000 Guineas day with the presence of OCEANOGRAPHER
(Best price 9-4) at the head of the market posing a question for punters. His improvement came on the all-weather last term and it will be intriguing to see if that progression can be maintained now that he returns to turf for a stable whose horses have run brilliantly in the last few days. WATERSMEET
(Best price 13-2), ridden prominently when fourth in this race 12 months ago, hung his chance away that day and looks a chief danger if allowed to dominate, while those looking for a big-price tilt could find Forgotten Hero fitting the bill. His yard have done exceptionally well with those they have run on the flat.
Oceanographer - 1pt @ 9/4
Watersmeet - 0.5pts e/w @ 13/2
Jazzi Top won first time out last season and represents a yard which landed this race four years ago with a relative on her seasonal debut. She already boasts a victory on the Rowley Mile courtesy of her win in the Pretty Polly Stakes 12 months ago and looks a worthy favourite. Sir Michael Stoute has run eight horses in this event in the last decade and six have won so CRYSTAL ZVEZDA
(Best price 13-2) is respected. She didn’t achieve all she might have last term, but has always been held in very high esteem at home and it is interesting she has been kept in training as a four-year-old. IRISH ROOKIE
(Best Price 12-1) is another to consider even if her stamina at today’s trip is yet to be confirmed. She loves the track and wound up last season with a fine effort in the Sun Chariot, while her handler believes she has improved physically since.
Irish Rookie 1/2pt ew @ 12-1
Crystal Zvezda - 0.75pts e/w @ 13/2
Irish Rookie - 0.5pts e/w @ 12/1
(Best price 10-1) was beaten a short head in this race on his seasonal debut 12 months ago by a horse which went on to be placed in a July Cup so it looks safe to assume he has been laid out to go one better. The six-year-old appears handily drawn for his reappearance and looks fair value for a horse with plenty of experience of big-field handicaps. TERUNTUM STAR
(Best price 6-1) was impressive on his course and distance comeback and is also worth playing given his profile, while there are honourable mentions for Yeeoow and Seeking Magic whose yard have their sprinters in great order.
Huntsmans Close - 0.5pts e/w @ 10/1
Teruntum Star - 0.5pts e/w @ 6/1
Yesterday’s eclipse of Air Force Blue in the 2000 Guineas will arguably ensure that Minding, impressive winner of the Fillies’ Mile over course and distance last autumn, is a little uneasy in the market for today’s fillies’ Classic. Her trainer has just one win to show from 17 contenders in this event over the past decade and that win came for 25-1 chance Homecoming Queen so those keen to take on this year’s principle hope may have some ammunition to oppose her at her thin price.
(Best price 6-1) races like a sprinter but is bred to see out the mile being by Shamardal and her form with ILLUMINATE
(Best price 20-1) in the Cheveley Park Stakes last September could be a key piece of the puzzle. Admittedly, it is a shot in the dark with both that a mile on a stiffish track is going to suit but the ground was genuinely good yesterday and the potential is there for it to dry further this afternoon so they both look class acts worth chancing at their respective prices.
The latter tried a mile in the Breeders’ Cup juvenile on her final start last term but may have gone over the top and her work this spring with Toronado has reportedly been encouraging. Sadly for connections of Jet Setting, the overnight rain hasn’t materialised but she is no forlorn hope on quicker ground as he proved here in a maiden 12 months ago when narrowly beaten, while Midweek is an intriguing runner for a yard that won this with their sole previous runner in the last 10 years (Special Duty 2010).
Illuminate - 0.5pts e/w @ 20/1
(best priced 15-2) gave away his chance over course and distance last July when a sluggish start left him with a mountain to climb. In the circumstances he ran a blinder to finish just seven lengths behind the winner Faithful Mount and runner-up Mark Hopkins who re-opposes today and boasts a huge chance. The selection has since travelled beautifully on his return at Windsor when the deep ground just found him out and he can make amends this afternoon, providing he jumps with the pack. Gang Warfare, third that day, has won four since so the form looks tidy.
Rideonastar - 0.5pts e/w @ 15/2
Mirsaale posted a terrific speed figure when successful at Ripon and bids for a swift hat-trick with connections heading to Hamilton instead of the Chester Cup next week where he needed plenty to come out to make the field. He should give a bold show from the front again today, but is priced accordingly and last year’s winner ARAMIST
(Best price 8-1) may offer better value, especially as his slipping rating marks him as a well-handicapped rival for a yard with an excellent record in this race. Pat Shanahan saddled a winner at Thirsk yesterday so course winner MAID OF THE GLENS
(Best price 16-1) is worth a small each-way play as she caught the eye with a nice effort over an inadequate 10 furlongs at The Curragh last time.
Aramist - 0.5pts e/w @ 8/1
Maid Of The Glens - 0.25pts e/w @ 16/1