The Classics 2020 - Guineas, Derby, Oaks, St Leger
Classics 2020 ante-post portfolio
1,000 Guineas: Quadrilateral 4-1
2,000 Guineas: Pinatubo Evens
I have two bets placed ante-post for the Guineas and as it stands on the Wednesday as I write I am very happy with them. Quadrilateral, a member of my Dirty Dozen 12 horses to follow this season, is reportedly doing nicely over the spring and trainer Roger Charlton has been keeping an eye, as we all have, on developments regard the Classics this season. I said in the Dirty Dozen column I think the Qipco 1,000 Guineas will be perfect for her and as I write it is a case of all roads leads to Newmarket and the Rowley Mile. Charlton told Sky Sports Racing a few weeks back “I think she’s wintered very well really. She came into training quite late last year and she was always a well-grown, strong filly. She hasn’t actually grown much, but she has put on weight, she weighs 500 kilos, which is quite a lot for a three-year-old filly. She’s a very attractive, easy to train filly and obviously her races progressed and she toughed it out I thought in the Group One at the end of the year. Probably a furlong out she wasn’t going to win, then we got a lucky break up the rail and clearly a mile plus will suit her this year.” I have the 4-1 ante-post with Coral and as it stands I am happy with that. As touched upon above she was too good for Love in the G.1 bet365 Fillies' Mile at the end of her two-year-old campaign and I see no reason for that form to be reversed. Millisle is perhaps the biggest danger if Jessica Harrington has worked some magic over the winter months. The big question is will she stay? She has never tried further than six furlongs and though the way she finished to land the Cheveley Park Stakes over six last Autumn suggests the extra two furlongs might be within her range but it is still a big question mark next to her name.
Quadrilateral was added to my ante-post bet on Pinatubo for the 2,000 Guineas at Evens from earlier in the year also with Coral. The Godolphin colt simply looked head and shoulders above the rest last year and if nothing else, I will be amazed if any of the other colts have improved enough to catch up to him not allowing for any improvement from the Godolphin owned colt himself! I mentioned it in the Dirty Dozen piece on the main website Pinatubo's pedigree suggests he should train on and, scarily for the opposition, improve further at three. If that is the case, he surely only has to show-up to win. Get on!
Last month Jim McGrath produced an enlightening article for the Godolphin website after he spoke to Charlie Appleby, the big question being how will Pinatubo perform in the 2000 Guineas? This is what the trainer had to say: "I think the mile is going to be his trip. I believe that because of his mental attitude. He is a relaxed character, and if he was later asked to step up in trip, I think he has the right mindset for it. As for his physical attributes, he won six races as a juvenile, and three of them were on three of Britain’s most challenging courses — Epsom, Goodwood and Newmarket. His athleticism is a key asset. He has pleased me in his work in preparation for the Guineas, and provided there are no hiccups, I think he will give a very good account of himself."
The hotpot favourite will break from stall 7, slap bang in the middle of the 15 runner field.