Andrew Balding: Kameko is in good shape for the 2000 Guineas
The Betway ambassador previews his five runners at Newmarket and Lingfield on Saturday, including Kameko in the 2000 Guineas.
I’m keen to get a run into Stone of Destiny before Royal Ascot – whether that’s the Wokingham or the consolation race.
He’s been working well but I do think he’ll come on for the run with Ascot just two weeks away.
Punctuation is lovely colt and has been working well.
He would appreciate further but, with Ascot just around the corner, we wanted to get another race under his belt. We thought this would suit him better than the other options we’ve had.
He’s got plenty of class, but I just hope the ground isn’t too quick for him.
I'm happy with where Kameko is ahead of the first Classic of the season, with preparation going well.
His fitness levels are good and, at this stage, we can’t do anymore - it’s down to him and Oisin [Murphy] on Saturday.
I don’t know whether the draw is a disadvantage as who knows where they’ll go, but we’re happy and we’re looking forward to seeing him run.
Nate The Great is having his first run for us in this one. He’s got some nice form in the book when he was previously trained by Archie Watson, and we’re looking forward to seeing what he’s got.
He’s been showing us the right signs at home, so we’re hopeful he’ll be competitive.
20:25 Lingfield Park
Under the new handicapping system, Thai Power looks on a fair mark.
He's a big, raw horse who wouldn’t want quick ground, which is why we’ve found him an opportunity on the polytrack. Off his current mark, I’d like to think he’ll give a solid account of himself.
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