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Monday, 21 January, 2019

Find out who our experts think will win the Guineas

Al Wukair: Classic claims
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It’s trials week, so who do you fancy at this stage for the two Newmarket Classics?

Al Wukair was eyecatching in the Djebel and, while Andre Fabre commands as much respect as anyone, there must be some doubt about the colt’s suitability for the Rowley Mile. And is 6-4 about Churchill, who does have experience of the track, really a bad price?

Maybe it’s a great price – Air Force Blue was odds-on at this time last year.

In the 1,000 Guineas you get the feeling there is less Ballydoyle confidence around market leader Rhododendron, and she may not even prove the best filly from her yard.

At around 16-1 Rowley Mile maiden winner Talaayeb makes a lot of appeal, and Jim Crowley would like nothing better than an early Classic strike in his new role as Hamdan Al Maktoum’s retained jockey.
Andrew Scutts, news editor

No points for originality in the 2,000 Guineas as Churchill looks a class apart. He was impressive throughout last year and is a fantastic physical specimen that should train on, being by Galileo.

A mile will be within his range, although you couldn't be sure beyond that, given he is out of a sprinter. He was raced with some abandon as a juvenile, but so was O'Brien's last Guineas winner Gleneagles, so don't read too much into that. He is 6-4 now and those odds might look big come off-time.

Sea Of Grace represents a bit of value in the 1,000 Guineas. She showed a wonderful attitude when winning twice for John Oxx last year and I'd expect her to take a bit of stopping on her debut for William Haggas in the Nell Gwyn. The 16-1 about her for the Classic will disappear if she wins.
Richard Forristal, Irish Racing Post editor

Churchill is a big, imposing type and looks just the type to train on. If that proves to be the case he will prove very difficult to beat in the 2,000 Guineas since his juvenile form, which includes two Group 1 wins, is hard to knock.

Eminent, who tackles the Craven Stakes on Thursday, could represent some each-way value at 33-1. He landed his maiden in impressive fashion and possesses abundant potential.

Fair Eva: could be value for the Guineas at 10-1


Fair Eva looked a world-beater in Ascot’s Princess Margaret Stakes last July and if her season had ended then she would be favourite for the 1,000 Guineas. Roger Charlton reports that she has done well over the winter and I am inclined to forgive her two subsequent defeats, with 10-1 available (Ladbrokes and Betfair Sportsbook) for Newmarket.
Richard Birch

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