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Nic Ladds 2nd May 2009 - 13:58

Hills could be the one to turn over the Rainbow

The line up for the 1000 Guineas is starting to take shape and as predicted it is Rainbow View who they are all going to have to beat as she currently sits at odds of 5/4 in the betting.

It is not hard to see why she is favourite, having won all four of her starts last season including the Group 1 Meon Valley Stud Fillies' Mile and she could truly be something special.

John Gosden has constantly talked up her chances and his stable has hit the ground running with big prizes going to Expresso Star, Debussy and Mafaaz from his stable.

Her closest rival is Serious Attitude who is 9/2 in the betting and Rae Guest's filly has also won all of her starts, including the Cheveley Park Stakes in which she had a number of Guineas rivals behind her.

Those behind her that day were second placed Aspen Darlin who is big at odds of 40/1 for the Guineas, Pursuit Of Glory who can be backed at 33/1 and Aidan O'Brien's hope, Heart Shaped who is 16/1.

Heart Shaped just missed on the Breeders Cup but O'Brien's stable has had a quiet start to the season, while Pursuit Of Glory got hampered in her trip over to America and could well put in a big run in this having stayed on well in the Cheveley Park.

Cuis Ghaire has done most of her winning over 6f but Jim Bolger rates her highly and she takes her chance at odds of 10/1.

She beat Penny's Gift in to second in the Albany last season and on her next two runs was first beaten by one of the 2000 Guineas market leaders, Rip Van Winkle, then didn't like the ground on her final run.

Penny's Gift is 50/1 for this race but Richard Hannon's filly is going to have to improve a lot to challenge here.

Lahaleeb is 'crying out for the Guineas mile' according to trainer Mick Channon which will give more hope to backers of the 14/1 shot.

She has won some decent races, including the Fred Darling at Newbury, but has a lot to find to reverse placings with Rainbow View based on their Doncaster run.

Nashimah has the benefit of Jamie Spencer's services for the race and trainer Clive Brittain has been quoted as saying the stable are confident of a big race.

She deserves to take her chance after an excellent victory in the Spring Mile and the noises coming from the stable will attract many to this 20/1 shot.

Ghanaati is another who deserves a mention who runs for the Barry Hills stable which is in excellent form and you can be sure she wouldn't be entered in this without a big chance.

This Giants Causeway filly hacked up in her Kempton maiden but played up a bit before the start raising slight doubts about her temperament.

However her odds of 16/1 show that there is confidence behind her and her shrewd connections obviously believe she has what it takes to be competitive despite being a bit of a hothead.

One at a big price that could be of interest is Gay Kellaway's Beat Seven who can be backed at odds of 66/1.

The most interesting thing about this filly is that Christophe Lemaire has been booked to ride. Lemaire has won five of his 13 rides at Newmarket, all of which were Group 1's and he won this race last year on Natagora.

Beat Seven has a fair bit of improvement to find to be competitive with the market leaders but this significant jockey booking could be enough for some to take the 66/1 on offer.

It is extremely difficult to see past Rainbow View who really could be a special horse and has so far beaten everything that has been put in front of her.

Odds of 5/4 won't appeal to everyone though so at a bigger price the suggestion is to take a chance on Ghanaati at 16/1.

Barry Hills has won this race before and his stable if flying and although jockey Richard Hills has his knockers, he to has tasted glory in this back in 2001 and Ghanaati looks a decent each way bet.

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