As in the 2,000 Guineas, the favourite for the Quipco 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket on Sunday is an unbeaten Group 1 winner but despite being the market leader, there is another that makes more appeal at racing’s HQ.
9/4)* did not dominate the two-year-old fillies’ division last year to quite the same extent that Pinatubo did with the colts, but her battling win in the Fillies’ Mile on what was just her third start marked her as a major talent.
There is an element of Quadrilateral filling a hole, as there was no standout candidate in the division prior to her arrival on the scene. She is also by Frankel, who was a miler himself but tends to sire horses with more stamina, and will wear a tongue-tie for the first time on Sunday.
Talented she is, a Pinatubo-esque good thing she is not and there is room to find an alternative.
Feeling the Love for the 1,000 Guineas
9/2)* was unlucky not to finish closer in the Fillies’ Mile, but that is not the same as saying she was unlucky. She had previously won the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh and deserves to be treated as a contender, albeit without obviously offering value at the prices.
The other major race for two-year-old fillies last year was the Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket, for which Raffle Prize was sent off the odds-on favourite. She had previously been second to Earthlight in the Prix Morny and won the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes. As that implies, she is speedy, although the dam’s side of her pedigree suggests she will get a mile.
Raffle Prize ultimately finished second in the Cheveley Park, behind Millisle. There is no reason to think that the winner was flattered and she is a more obvious type to take to the trip.
Top Tip for the 1,000 Guineas on Sunday
The Jessica Harrington-trained Millisle came to Britain for her last two starts in 2019. The first time, she was a front-running second at Salisbury, the emphasis on stamina seemingly insufficient. She was initially run off her feet in the Cheveley Park before powering through to win well, although the leaders had not exactly cut each other’s throats.
Like Raffle Prize, Millisle is by a sprinter in Starspangledbanner but has more than enough stamina on her dam’s side. She has a half-sister who won a Listed race over 1m4f. She strides long and fairly slowly but is no sprinter, so to achieve what she has at sprint trips is a big advertisement for her credentials this year.
On ratings, Millisle is actually the one to beat. That applies whether you use Racing Post or BHA ratings. She is 1lb ahead of Quadrilateral, despite having never tried a trip that she should thrive over, with form that is just as progressive. It is a struggle to see why she is not closer to the favourite, so make sure that Millisle is running for you in Sunday’s Quipco 1000 Guineas.
1,000 Guineas Tip: Millisle at
Where to Watch: the 1,000 Guineas is due to start at 3:45pm (UK time) on Sunday 7th of June. Watch on ITV or follow all the action via live streaming on MansionBet.
*All odds quoted correct at time of writing