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Betting news, going updates and non-runners on 2,000 Guineas day

The 2,000 Guineas takes centre stage today
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Coolmore, Aidan O'Brien, a son of Galileo and a cool name in an important race; what's not to like?

Some say Churchill's price is off-putting for today's Qipco 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket, but 11-8 could seem generous come 3.40pm.

Successful in his last five starts, Churchill ended 2016 as Europe's best two-year-old and has had this date in his diary ever since. Victory would give O'Brien a record eighth in the race, although he won't have forgotten the well-fancied Air Force Blue flopping at Newmarket 12 months ago.

That may be one reason to desert Churchill, another is the trials we've seen this spring.

Eminent looked classy in the Craven, Barney Roy romped home in the Greenham, while Al Wukair wowed in the Prix Djebel.

They all have that match-fit edge over Churchill, although he looks the type to never surrender.

While the 2,000 Guineas is undoubtedly the day's main course, Newmarket also serves up some tasty treats in the shape of the Dunaden Jockey Club Stakes and the Longholes Palace House Stakes, while if you've room for more the Kentucky Derby – North America's most important race – is due off at 11.46pm UK time.


Going update

Newmarket good to firm
Goodwood good on the straight course and good to firm, good in places on the round course
Doncaster good to firm, good in places
Thirsk good to firm
Uttoxeter good, good to firm in places
Hexham good, good to soft in places
Cork good to firm
Wexford good

Today's key races

Newmarket 2.20 Longholes Palace House Stakes
Newmarket 2.55 Dunaden Jockey Club Stakes
Newmarket 3.35 Qipco 2,000 Guineas
Churchill Downs 11.46 Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands


Non-runners

Newmarket
1.50 1 Berkshire
2.20 11 Profitable
2.55 1 Across The Stars
4.10 10 Sparkalot

Goodwood
2.40 7 Toofi
4.25 4 Sheikspear
5.00 14 Beauchamp Opal
5.30 12 Zamadance

Doncaster
6.20 8 May Sky

Thirsk
1.55 9 Kikini Bamalaam
2.30 1 Bouclier
3.40 9 Calvados Spirit
4.15 4 Carlton Frankie

Uttoxeter
2.10 11 Third Estate
2.45 8 Icanmotor
3.20 3 Paddocks Lounge

Hexham
7.35 11 Shantou Prince

Cork 
1.30 6 Ken's Sam's
5.30 11 Solomons Seal

Wexford
4.05 2 California Soul


Key market movers

Goodwood 2.05 Dance The Dream 7 (from 9)
Newmarket 2.20 Goldream 10-1 (from 16), Marsha 11-1 (from 14)
Newmarket 5.20 Eagle Creek &-2 (from 5)


Today's cards

Eminent looked classy in the Craven, Barney Roy romped home in the Greenham, while Al Wukair wowed in the Prix Djebel
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