The fillies take centre stage at Newmarket on Sunday afternoon for the 1000 Guineas, as a field of 20 bid to prevail in the British Classic over 1m.
They are headed by unbeaten Irish star Tahiyra for Dermot Weld and Chris Hayes. Aidan O’Brien saddles Meditate, while the leading British hope could be Mammas Girl, who is trained by Richard Hannon.
The 1000 Guineas, along with every race from Britain and Ireland over the busy Bank Holiday weekend, can be viewed on the , and here's our look ahead to the Rowley Mile Classic.
|What||Qipco 1000 Guineas|
|When||3.40, Sunday 7th May, 2023|
|How to watch||bet365 live Sports Streaming, ITV & Racing TV|
|Odds||Tahiyra 9/4, Meditate 7/2, Mammas Girl 6/1, Remarquee 7/1, Dream Of Love 7/1, Mawj 12/1, Lezoo|
Trainer: Dermot Weld / Jockey: Chris Hayes
The Siyouni filly is unbeaten in two starts heading into this British Classic. She won the Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes over 7f at the Curragh last September, beating rival Meditate.
Weld’s filly is likely to appreciate this step up to 1m, and she could be the next superstar filly in the sport.
Trainer: Aidan O'Brien / Jockey: Ryan Moore
O’Brien has won this race five times in the last seven years. The Ballydoyle man has just one entry this year with this No Nay Never filly. With seven runs already in her career, she does not lack any experience coming into this race.
On her final outing of 2022, she showed her class to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf over 1m at Keeneland. She powered home in the closing stages of that contest.
Trainer: Richard Hannon / Jockey: Kevin Stott
Produced a big performance to land the Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket earlier this season in the trial for the 1,000 Guineas. She won going away from her rivals in that contest in an eye-catching display.
With two wins from two starts in her career, the Havana Grey filly is one of the leading British prospects this year.
Trainer: Ralph Beckett / Jockey: Rob Hornby
Won the Fred Darling at Newbury last month on her seasonal reappearance. She got up inside the final 110 yards in a promising run.
The daughter of Kingman should relish this 1m distance and she won’t mind any rain in the ground at Newmarket.
Trainer: Charlie Appleby / Jockey: William Buick
Got off the mark at Newmarket on her debut last October in a 7f maiden. She then finished third in a Listed race over 1m at Flat Racing’s HQ.
The Shamardal filly featured in the Jumeirah Fillies Classic at Meydan back in January. She stayed on powerfully in that 7f race but finished a short-head behind Mawj at the finish.
A field of 20 were declared on Friday morning and, with the top five in the betting covered, that leaves 15 more fillies bidding to cause an upset.
In what is his final season in the saddle, Frankie Dettori is on board the Beckett-trained Lezoo (14/1) as he bids to add to his tally of British Classic wins. She won the Group One Cheveley Park Stakes over 6f last season. She will need to prove her stamina over 1m.
Along with Dream Of Love, there will be two other Godolphin runners carrying the Royal Blue silks. Mawj (12/1) will be bidding to confirm her form with the Appleby filly, while Fairy Cross (40/1) has some solid form behind Mawj and Mammas Girl.
Chester winner Stenton Glider (25/1) finished a close second behind Remarquee in the Fred Darling. She will be joined in the saddle again by Tom Marquand.
With just one appearance so far in her career, Naomi Lapaglia (33/1) is the least experienced runner in the field. She scored at Kempton on the all-weather in a 1m contest back in November. Her connections clearly think a lot of her.
Matilda Picotte (40/1) won a Listed race at Newmarket over 6f last season. The Irish runner does not lack any speed or experience. She was second on her opening run of the season in a Group Three contest at Leopardstown.
Embrace (50/1) gives trainer Owen Burrows an exciting runner in a British Classic. Her sole success so far came on the all-weather at Wolverhampton last year. She finished fourth in the Fred Darling on her seasonal reappearance.
Powerdress (33/1) and Karsavina (50/1) are both course winners at Newmarket. They represent the leading stables of Hannon and Clive Cox respectively, while Caernarfon (50/1) is the only C&D winner in the field. Jack Channon’s filly won a Listed race here back in October.
At odds of 66/1, Dance In The Grass and 80/1 Queen Me both carry the Jaber Abdullah silks in the race and will need to step up on the form they have shown so far.
Polly Pott (66/1) and Olivia Maralda (80/1) ensure both Ben Pauling and Roger Varian respectively have a runner in the British Classic, while Sweet Harmony completes the field and is the outsider for trainer Richard Spencer.