Much like I’ve mentioned in the 2000 Guineas piece, the uncertainty around the participation of overseas runners does muddy the waters slightly in what is a very open-looking contest.

However, I’m guessing that Aidan O’Brien will have a whole host of England-based jockeys that he can call upon and I’m sure his staff would think a couple of weeks in quarantine would be worth it in order to saddle a runner in the fillies’ Classic – which is just as well, as there are a couple of his horses that I like in my 1000 Guineas betting tips.

Keep an eye on the favourite

Quadrilateral has been at the head of the market since she won a competitive conditions race on her second start at Newbury by an impressive nine lengths, which backed up her good debut performance at the same course a little over five weeks earlier.

The Roger Charlton-trained filly then went off as the 9/4 favourite for the Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket and, despite suffering traffic problems and looking beaten as they came out of the dip, flew home under Jason Watson to clinch victory from Powerful Breeze in the final stride.

She’s all class and it really will take something to beat her on the day. If there are limited overseas runners, then she will go off much shorter than her current price.


Longer shots

At fancier prices, there are two Aidan O’Brien horses that I like the look of. They have the right profile and will certainly stay further, which is a common trait in all the fillies that O’Brien trains for the English Classics.

The first of the two is Passion .

She had three starts at two years old and was successful on the second of them at Cork, showing improvement from her appearance at the same course a couple of weeks earlier. She was then pitched into a Group 2 at Doncaster – the May Hill Stakes – which her trainer had won the year before with Fleeting.

She ran better than the bare form would suggest, with her jockey Ryan Moore reporting that she was denied a clear run approaching the final furlong. Upon further inspection, that not only stopped her first forward move in the race, but also allowed those in the leading pack to gain first run and put the race to bed. She wasn’t knocked about and the daughter of Galileo would have been put away with her three-year-old campaign firmly in mind.

The second horse from the same stable is another daughter of Galileo called Peaceful .

Again, she had three starts as a two-year-old and, in similar fashion to Passion, improved from her debut run to win on her second start, hammering a field at Thurles by seven lengths.

She completed her debut season with an overseas venture to Newmarket in the Listed Montrose Stakes, when she went off a well-backed 3/1 favourite and was only beaten a neck by the impressive Born With Pride, who is towards the head of the betting for The Oaks.

Peaceful still travelled well and, despite showing greenness, stuck on gamely, showing that she’s still learning her job. She’s a scopey sort that looks sure to improve for racing and, if she is campaigned for the English 1000 Guineas – rather than the Irish equivalent or The Oaks – then she’ll be high on my list.

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