O’Brien’s Guineas Record Set To Continue At Newmarket
Aidan O’Brien continues to rewrite history and even at this early stage of the season he’ll bid to do so again this weekend with a strong hand in both Newmarket Guineas and also Mendelssohn’s Kentucky Derby raid. O’Brien’s 2000 Guineas record looks like it will be extended.
Gus to be the man for Seamie
Seamie Heffernan has enjoyed some massive days for Ballydoyle and he can take full advantage of Ryan Moore’s flying visit to America to win his first 2000 Guineas aboard Gustav Klimt.
Aidan O’Brien’s outstanding record in the race can be extended by the son of Galileo after such a likeable trial at Leopardstown which really saw him stamp his authority on the race last month.
Gustav Klimt had looked an admirable performer last season but his campaign was cut short as we didn’t see him after his Newmarket win when he got into a spot of bother close to home and still managed to grind out the right result.
The manner of victory at Leopardstown on horrible ground and without a run in such a long time, it really put Gustav Klimt to the head of the reckoning and he’ll be a very hard horse to beat.
Masar was impressive in the Craven but has a few disappointing lines of form to remember and Elarqam would look short on experience. The biggest danger for the selection could be stable companion Saxon Warrior but he may just prove more of a Derby contender over a longer trip.
Havana to land the early money
Prior to the Guineas action, Havana Grey is worth trusting in the Longholes Palace House Stakes for Karl Burke and PJ McDonald.
Wexford native McDonald had his best season in the saddle last year and can kick off this campaign with another big winner as Havana Grey looks to have too much in hand for his eight rivals.
Three-year-olds don’t have a good record in the race but it doesn’t look a vintage renewal and Havana Grey looks too well in to throw this away.
Master stroke at Cork
Charles O’Brien sends talented dual purpose campaigner Mastermind to Cork today and the four-year-old should be able to make a belated visit to the winners enclosure on the flat.
A winner over hurdles earlier this year, the four-year-old went on to run at the Cheltenham Festival when finishing down the field behind Veneer Of Charm but his ability to handle the testing ground at Cork today and on the basis of his jumping form should be enough to see him up to winning off a flat mark of 52.
Havana Grey 9/4 – 2.20 Newmarket
Gustav Klimt 7/2 – 3.35 Newmarket
Mastermind 9/2 – 3.40 Cork
*Prices correct at time of publication