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WATCH: Pat Cooney on the 2000 Guineas

From the great Nijinsky in 1970, to Brigadier Gerard in 1971, to Frankel in 2011, the 2000 Guineas has some of racing's all-time great names amongst its roll of honour.

Auguste Rodin is bidding for the first leg of the Triple Crown at Newmarket, and is clear favourite at 13/8, with stablemate Little Big Bear amongst the top contenders at 5/1, and Chaldean, ridden by Frankie Dettori, rounds off the top three in the betting at 6/1.

bet365's Pat Cooney said of the second favourite: "He was a six-pound higher rated juvenile last season; he's got stamina concerns - he was all speed as a juvenile. He won at Royal Ascot over five furlongs before they stepped him up to win over six furlongs in emphatic style in Group 1 company later on. The eight furlongs may just catch him out, but he's a hugely exciting horse, ultra-quick, maybe the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot will be where he'll be seen in his best light.

"You look at Auguste Rodin who has been the money horse in recent days, he's been a really well backed horse. He won last season over a mile, he looked every inch a Derby type of horse, and connections are keen to start him off in the 2000 Guineas. If you follow the money and the hype, Auguste Rodin is the one for you."

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