Certify: as short as 6-1 joint-favourite for the GuineasPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Straight to Guineas for unbeaten Certify
GODLPHIN may have eyes only for Saturday's Dubai World Cup meeting at present but the stable found time on Thursday to issue an upbeat bulletin on unbeaten Qipco 1,000 Guineas hope Certify, who heads straight for Classic glory off the back of a good winter.
Trained by Mahmood Al Zarooni, Certify rounded off last season with victory in the Group 1 Shadwell Fillies' Mile and is as short as 6-1 joint-favourite for the Guineas with BetVictor, Ladbrokes and Coral.
Al Zarooni, who is preparing to saddle Capponi and last year's winner Monterosso in the world's richest race at Meydan, said: "Certify has pleased us over the winter and although she is a small filly, we know she has an engine and has guts. She goes straight for the 1,000 Guineas."
Although untried beyond a mile, Certify is also prominent in the Investec Oaks market and Al Zarooni will be looking for clues regarding her capacity to get the extra half-mile in the Guineas.
The trainer added: "It's hard to say how far she will stay and she doesn't have the pedigree for a mile and a half but we will have more idea after Newmarket."
Sharing Guineas favouritism is the Charlie Hills-trained Just The Judge, who was reported bang on target for the Classic by her trainer on Thursday.
Hills said: "I've been very pleased with her since she came in. She has done everything right. She is a clean-winded filly and 100 per cent on course for the Guineas.
"She hasn't come in her coat yet but she looked wintry when she won the Rockfel so that's no concern."
Find out who Tom Segal fancies for both the 1,000 and 2,000 Guineas in a Pricewise special in Friday's Racing Post - available first on the iPad from 8pm.