Mikel Delzangles: aiming for second 2,000 Guineas win in five seasonsPICTURE: Getty Images
Delzangles aiming Bookrunner at Guineas
MIKEL DELZANGLES trained Makfi to win the 2,000 Guineas four years ago and on Tuesday confirmed Bookrunner on course for a tilt at the first Classic of the season.
While the market for the Qipco 2,000 Guineas has been dominated by the fallout from the trial wins of Kingman and Toormore, France's key test for the Classic looks set to be well represented, with both the Prix Djebel winner Charm Spirit and close-up fourth Bookrunner heading for the Rowley Mile.
But last season's Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere hero Karakontie will not be joining the Gallic challenge.
The Delzangles-trained Bookrunner has attracted some money at bigger prices in recent days and will attempt to follow the example of Makfi, who landed the Guineas for the stable on only his third start, having previously warmed-up in the Djebel.
"He has taken his race very well and, if everything goes to plan between now and then, he will run in the Guineas," said Delzangles on Tuesday at Maisons-Laffitte. "He is a horse who has improvement in him, enough I hope to make him competitive at Newmarket."
Bookrunner was beaten three short heads on his turf debut in the Djebel, and Delzangles is well aware of the task facing his charge, who is a general 33-1 shot.
He said: "Those were two good winners of the trials in England last week, plus the Guineas always features horses who are making their first start of the year, like Australia and Kingston Hill."
Freddy Head confirmed Charm Spirit, a top-priced 25-1 chance would take up the challenge, saying. "He will run at Newmarket. I'm very happy with him and I think he has come on a bit since his comeback.
Head added: "I'd prefer quick ground for Charm Spirit. He's a good horse who was an unlucky loser first time out and then third in the Lagardere, before winning the Djebel. He goes there with a chance."