The first fillies’ Classic of the season, the 1000 Guineas, is the highlight on another bumper day of racing at Newmarket. There’s also action at Haydock Park and Nick Luck has cast his eye over it all.

Shimmering of interest but Cloak Of Spirits the one in the Guineas

Sunday’s 1000 Guineas (3:35pm) lacks the depth of the colts’ equivalent, and I am not sure that the standard set by the fillies’ mile form winner and third – Quadrilateral and Love – is all that high, while Cheveley Park winner Millisle is not a certain stayer.

My selection is CLOAK OF SPIRITS at 10/1, who ran really well when staying on to be third here in the Rockfel last autumn, is bred to improve markedly at three and from a stable with an excellent record at producing Guineas horses.

I am intrigued that John Gosden has elected to run Shimmering (18/1) – she merits consideration for her connections alone, but to tip her would only be guessing her ability. Still, I’ll be keeping a very close eye.

Newmarket specialist can take Buckhound

Elsewhere at HQ on Sunday, I’m keen on COMMUNIQUE in a very warm running of the Buckhounds Stakes (1:50pm). This horse can throw in the odd clunker, but he’s very good on the two Newmarket courses, gets Ryan Moore in the saddle, comes from a red hot stable, and – most importantly – escapes a penalty for his two Group 2 wins last year. He has a big chance at 3/1 but I’ll be watching both Faylaq and Trueshan closely – both should enjoy good seasons.

Queen Daenerys to rule the roost in Pretty Polly

There is a whole raft of possible stars in the Pretty Polly (3:00pm), but I am going to recommend QUEEN DAENERYS each-way at 7/1 on the basis that she has already banked some smart progressive form, looks a cast iron stayer here (and hopefully will be ridden accordingly) and has had a wind operation since a perfectly good sixth in the fillies’ mile. The Gosden trio ensure she is a backable price win and place.

Sangarius can make it a Happy day at Haydock

You need eyes everywhere at the moment, and Haydock on Sunday certainly warrants plenty of attention as well. I certainly don’t mind the forecast rain for SANGARIUS (4/1) if he runs in the Brigadier Gerard (2:40pm).

On his Ascot effort last year, he looks an exciting prospect, and can give Elarqam something to think about. King Ottokar will need to improve but makes some appeal each-way at 12/1.

HAPPY POWER (3:15pm) had a slightly patchy profile last season, but this Spring Trophy is a very tight affair and his best efforts put him right in the mix. With his stable firing on all cylinders, first time out might be the right time to catch him at 6/1.

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