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Rupert Wyman 30th Apr 2010 - 15:31

Can you be Inler money?

Tomorrow the eyes of the racing world will be transfixed on the 2000 Guineas. It is a Group One flat horse race and the first of five British races during the year that are declared 'Classics'.

The race is restricted to three year olds and is only open to colts. It is the day when the flat season really gets into gear.

The question on everyone's lips is 'Can we this year have another superstar on our hands'?

It is a year since Sea The Stars dominated the flat season, starting with a victory in the 2000 Guineas. Now the Aidan O'Brien-trained favourite St Nicholas Abbey can attempt to replicate the legendary Sea The Star's form.

St Nicholas Abbey's domination of the Racing Post Trophy got many punters and racing enthusiasts excited. He was at ease throughout the race and his astonishing turn of foot towards the finish was mesmerising.

It will be of interest as to whether St Nicholas Abbey will be a cut above the rest tomorrow on his seasonal reappearance or is all the talk and bravado just a load of hot air?

The flat season has already kicked off in style, there was an immense performance by Elusive Pimpernel 11/2 in the Craven Stakes, a 2000 Guineas trial race, probably the highlight of the flat season so far.

The John Dunlop-trained colt has Eddie Ahern taking the ride tomorrow, he will be hoping to reverse the form over St Nicholas Abbey, where he finished second last season in the Racing Post Trophy.

I would consider taking on St Nicholas Abbey at 5/4, he may have been a different class last season but the price is incredibly short.

Did he use his turn of foot at Doncaster to beat a field of two-year-old middle-distance runners rather than the next generation of milers? He is running on a quicker ground tomorrow and may struggle to repel a top-class miler.

O'Brien has not made a significant impact yet this flat season. His two Guineas hot-shots last year, Mastercraftsman and Rip Van Winkle came on for their runs in the 2000 Guineas.

Trainer John Best has two horses entered into the race, Inler 14/1 and Elspeth's Boy 100/1. Jockey Tony Culhane recently gave Inler a 'proper workout' at Newmarket to reintroduce him to racing.

Inler is a very fast horse who should stay a mile. The once-raced colt shouldn't be ignored because trainer John Best has shown he is more than capable of readying a top class horse in the past and Inler is my each way tip.

Inler is owned by the Findlay family and they have sold a share in the colt to the Sangster family, giving punters a massive vote of confidence.

Mark Johnston's horses should never be ignored, the stable is firing on all cylinders and the unbeaten Awzaan 9/1 could provide St Nicholas Abbey tough competition. Johnston does not see stamina as an issue but all his wins have come over six furlongs, so there is an element of doubt in my mind as to whether he will last the trip.

Canford Cliffs 7/1 disappointed in the Greenham Stakes earlier this year but Hannon's horses are firing on all cylinders and hopefully for all punters, the race has shaken him up pre 2000 Guineas.

Tomorrow we will know whether St Nicholas Abbey can be one of the greats or just a five minute wonder!



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