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Article 4th March 2021 Newmarket

By Graham Clark

The QIPCO 1000 Guineas is the first fillies’ Classic of the season and takes place on the Rowley Mile on Sunday 2nd May, 24 hours after the QIPCO 2000 Guineas. It is part of the QIPCO British Champions Series. There are 63 entries in 2021.


Current ante-post favourite is Pretty Gorgeous, already a Group One winner on the Rowley Mile having landed the bet365 Fillies’ Mile in October.


Her trainer Joseph O’Brien reported: “She is obviously a course and distance winner so we know she gets the trip well. I was very pleased with the performance in the Fillies’ Mile. It was a brave performance as she had a bit of an interrupted preparation going into the race.


“She is an exciting filly. Her pedigree suggests she will be open to stay further than a mile as well which gives her plenty of options. Like with Thunder Moon, she has wintered well and I’m pleased with where we are.


“She was consistently solid last season and hopefully we can keep it that way. She was fine on both soft and good ground so she is versatile ground wise. A decision on whether she has a prep run will depend on how she is training and how we feel closer to the time.”


Below can be found updates from trainers Jane Chapple-Hyam, Andrew Balding and Richard Hannon.


Jane Chapple-Hyam -Saffron Beach

Unbeaten in two starts over seven furlongs on the Rowley Mile in 2020, including the Group Three Godolphin Lifetime Care Oh So Sharp Stakes


“I’m thrilled with the way she has come back from her winter break at Ben and Lucy’s Sangster’s in Manton. She has put on a nice 77lbs and she has matured into a filly that should be competitive for the Guineas. The plan will be to start her off in the Nell Gwyn and then two weeks later head for the Guineas. It was a quick turnaround between her two runs in her maiden and the Oh So Sharp last season so we know she can do it. I think she is a serious filly that is potentially top drawer. She has wintered well and developed nicely. She has got all the right attributes. She has done it on different ground types and I think if it is real good ground you will really see her scoot along. She is not complicated as she doesn’t have to lead or have cover or come with a late run. I just think she has got an engine. I think having her has helped everyone in the yard and myself get through the winter and I just hope we can get her to the Guineas now. If you look at her last run she hit the rising ground going away so I don’t see the mile being a problem at all.”


Andrew Balding - Alcohol Free

Won two of her three outings in 2020, ending the campaign with victory in the Group One Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket in September.


“We are very much looking at the Guineas but that is still a long way off. She has had a good holiday but she still looks a bit wintery in her coat so we will see what happens over the next month as we all know what fillies can do in the spring. I really was impressed in the Cheveley Park as it was only her third run and she was entitled to improve again. She has done well physically but we haven’t really started serious work yet. Her pedigree offers mixed messages regarding the trip and that is about all I can go on at this stage. I’d be hopeful she would get it though as she relaxes pretty well but there is nothing we can do to find out until we try it. I think the plan if all goes well is to go to the Fred Darling first as a prep as I would like her to go over seven before going over a mile.”


Richard Hannon – Happy Romance

Landed valuable sales races at Newbury and York before defeating Alcohol Free in the Group Three Dick Poole Stakes at Salisbury. Fourth to same rival on final start in Group One Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket.


“She has been a great advert for racing and for new owners coming into the sport. She was a pleasure to train last year. I didn’t think she was just a two year old I always thought she had the scope to go on. She didn’t handle the track great in the Cheveley Park but she ran well to finish fourth and the little bit more experience she gained will do her well. I’d think we will be looking at the Fred Darling first but I don’t think a mile will be a problem. She didn’t do anything wrong last year.”


Shine For You

Won Salisbury maiden before going on take third behind Saffron Beach in Group Three Godolphin Lifetime Care Oh So Sharp Stakes.


“Shine For You is a really smart filly and she seemed to enjoy her last run at the end of the year when the ground was pretty soft. She looks decent. She has got a lot of condition now. She hasn’t won a Listed race yet but hopefully she will be able to pick one up. A Guineas trip I feel will suit her. She seems to like soft ground and if it is like that at Newbury we will go for the Fred Darling.”


Snow Lantern

Daughter of 2013 QIPCO 1000 Guineas winner Sky Lantern. Second on her only start in an Ascot maiden in July.


“She only had one run last year and we put her away after that. She looks like she has huge potential. Hopefully she is a nice filly and we were very lucky with her mare. She was always a very heavy filly and she ran very well at Ascot and we saw enough that we decided to just put her away for this year.”


Thank You Next

Won Nursery on the July Course and ended busy campaign when runner-up to Saffron Beach in the Group Three Godolphin Lifetime Care Oh So Sharp Stakes at Newmarket.


“I’m very pleased with her and she might run in the Spring Cup at Lingfield at the weekend. We might go for the Prix Imprudence if travel allows it afterwards and this race is a nice race to take on the way. The Guineas is an option but she has to prove she is up to that level. She was kept busy last year but Billesdon Brook had plenty of runs at two and that didn’t do her any harm and she seemed to improve all year. Seven might have been on the sharp side for her in the Oh So Sharp but I think a mile will be plenty for her.”


QIPCO 1000 GUINEAS (Group 1) 02/05/21

A'Sha ari (GB) 3 9 0 Godolphin Charlie Appleby

Alcohol Free (IRE) 3 9 0 Mr J. C. Smith Andrew Balding

Aunty Bridy (IRE) 3 9 0 Lael Stable William Haggas

Baby Alya (IRE) 3 9 0 Mr Jaber Abdullah Kevin Ryan

Belle Image (IRE) 3 9 0 John Lavery Ms Sheila Lavery

Dandalla (IRE) 3 9 0 Nick Bradley Racing 28 & E Burke K. R. Burke

Danilova (GB) 3 9 0 Godolphin Charlie Appleby

Divine Light (IRE) 3 9 0 Godolphin Charlie Appleby

Dubai Fountain (IRE) 3 9 0 Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston

Fantasy Lady (IRE) 3 9 0 M Schwartz/Genesis Thoroughbreds Club P. Twomey

Fev Rover (IRE) 3 9 0 Nick Bradley Racing 43 & Partner Richard Fahey

Glenartney (GB) 3 9 0 Nat Rothschild Ed Walker

Happy Romance (IRE) 3 9 0 The McMurray Family Richard Hannon

Hazel (IRE) 3 9 0 Mrs C. C. Regalado-Gonzalez Donnacha Aidan O'Brien

Hello Me (IRE) 3 9 0 Martley Hall Stud Ltd. Joseph Parr

High Heels (IRE) 3 9 0 Mr D. Smith, Mrs J. Magnier, Mr M. Tabor Aidan O'Brien

Indigo Girl (GB) 3 9 0 Mr George Strawbridge John Gosden

Isabella Giles (IRE) 3 9 0 Paul & Clare Rooney Clive Cox

Joan of Arc (IRE) 3 9 0 Mr D. Smith, Mrs J. Magnier, Mr M. Tabor Aidan O'Brien

Kestenna (GB) 3 9 0 Mr M. Al-Qatami & Mr K. M. Al-Mudhaf John Gosden

Liberated Lady (IRE) 3 9 0 Old Road Securities & Partners Hugo Palmer

Loch Lein (IRE) 3 9 0 Mrs Joan Brosnan Mrs J. Harrington

Love Is You (IRE) 3 9 0 Normandie Stud Ltd Roger Charlton

Lucid Dreamer (GB) 3 9 0 Juddmonte Roger Charlton

Lullaby Moon (GB) 3 9 0 Amo Racing Limited & Mr Charles Obank Ralph Beckett

Mamba Wamba (IRE) 3 9 0 Mr Dave Stone Adrian Nicholls

Meala (IRE) 3 9 0 Mrs J. S. Bolger J. S. Bolger

Messidor (IRE) 3 9 0 Blue Devil Racing Stable LLC Joseph Patrick O'Brien

Miramis (IRE) 3 9 0 Spyglass Syndicate Ms Sheila Lavery

Miss Amulet (IRE) 3 9 0 Mrs Doreen Tabor K. J. Condon

Monday (USA) 3 9 0 Mr M. Tabor, D. Smith & Mrs John Magnier Aidan O'Brien

Monsoon Moon (GB) 3 9 0 Juddmonte John Gosden

More Beautiful (USA) 3 9 0 Mrs John Magnier,Mr M.Tabor & Mr D.Smith Aidan O'Brien

Mother Earth (IRE) 3 9 0 Mr D. Smith, Mrs J. Magnier, Mr M. Tabor Aidan O'Brien

Pomelo (GB) 3 9 0 Juddmonte Ralph Beckett

Pretty Gorgeous (FR) 3 9 0 Mr John C. Oxley Joseph Patrick O'Brien

Queen's Speech (USA) 3 9 0 Mr D. Smith, Mrs J. Magnier, Mr M. Tabor Aidan O'Brien

Random Harvest (IRE) 3 9 0 Lady Bamford Ed Walker

Sacred (GB) 3 9 0 Cheveley Park Stud William Haggas

Saffron Beach (IRE) 3 9 0 Mrs B. V. Sangster, J Wigan & O Sangster Jane Chapple-Hyam

Santa Barbara (IRE) 3 9 0 Mrs.J Magnier/M Tabor/D Smith/Westerberg Aidan O'Brien

Sea Empress (IRE) 3 9 0 Sunderland Holding Inc. William Haggas

Seattle Rock (GB) 3 9 0 Mr J. C. Smith Sylvester Kirk

Sense of Style (IRE) 3 9 0 Mrs B. V. Sangster/ Mrs John Magnier Joseph Patrick O'Brien

Shale (IRE) 3 9 0 Mr D. Smith, Mrs J. Magnier, Mr M. Tabor Donnacha Aidan O'Brien

Shine For You (GB) 3 9 0 Taylor & O'Dwyer and Partners Richard Hannon

Snowfall (JPN) 3 9 0 Mr D. Smith, Mrs J. Magnier, Mr M. Tabor Aidan O'Brien

Snow Lantern (GB) 3 9 0 Rockcliffe Stud Richard Hannon

Soft Whisper (IRE) 3 9 0 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor

Star of Emaraaty (IRE) 3 9 0 Mr Teruya Yoshida John Gosden

Statement (IRE) 3 9 0 Ballylinch Stud 1 Martyn Meade

Tawahub (GB) 3 9 0 Ms Hissa Hamdan Al Maktoum John Gosden

Teona (IRE) 3 9 0 Mr Ali Saeed Roger Varian

Thank You Next (IRE) 3 9 0 Middleham Park CXXII & Steven Rocco Richard Hannon

Thunder Beauty (IRE) 3 9 0 David K Kelly K. J. Condon

Umm Kulthum (IRE) 3 9 0 Mr Saeed Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi Richard Fahey

Vadream (GB) 3 9 0 Mr D. R. J. King Charlie Fellowes

Vesela (GB) 3 9 0 Juddmonte Ralph Beckett

Wedding Dance (IRE) 3 9 0 Godolphin Charlie Appleby

Wild Iris (IRE) 3 9 0 Lady Bamford John Gosden

Willow (IRE) 3 9 0 Mr M. Tabor, D. Smith & Mrs John Magnier Aidan O'Brien

Zaajirah (IRE) 3 9 0 Mr Hamdan Al Maktoum Roger Varian

Zeyaadah (IRE) 3 9 0 Mr Hamdan Al Maktoum Roger Varian 


About QIPCO British Champions Series

QIPCO British Champions Series showcases 35 of the UK’s finest Flat races, including three of the world’s top 10. The Series features at all of the UK’s most iconic Flat festivals, from the Derby and St Leger, to Glorious Goodwood and Royal Ascot, presenting unparalleled, quality racing across 10 of the country’s finest racecourses.


The Series exhibits world-class sporting action across five different categories – Sprint, Mile, Middle Distance, Long Distance and Fillies & Mares.


Five top-class races mark the climax of the Series on the Ultimate Raceday, QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday 16th October, where the world’s best compete at the nation’s richest raceday.


Put simply, QIPCO British Champions Series shines the spotlight on the best horses, the best jockeys and the best racecourses, so that millions worldwide can follow the finest Flat racing.


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