After the 2000 Guineas it’s now the turn of the fillies and this looks set to be a tight renewal. Newmarket was in splendid sunshine for the colts and hopefully we’ll be equally treated for Sunday’s 1000 Guineas.

Read on for Nick’s thoughts on four races from HQ.


SIR RUMI can go well at 13/2 in the televised opener at Newmarket on Sunday (1.50pm). He faced an impossible task behind Enemy at Musselburgh, but fared extremely well given that he raced far too freely and did much the best of those that raced on the sharp end. He can reverse form with Dark Jedi.

ARION might be the value at 10/1 in the Pretty Polly Stakes (2.25pm). Although she needs a big step forward to figure, she beat two subsequent winners very tidily at Chelmsford last autumn, showing a sharp turn of foot in the process. As a granddaughter of Ouija Board, she has the pedigree to be good and to improve at three.

AURIA is a tentative choice at 18/1 in what could be a trappy Dahlia Stakes (3.00pm). Highly regarded last year, she didn’t have the easiest of times after banging her head in the York Racecourse stables, and did well in the circumstances. She has plenty of pace and might get an uncontested lead, enabling her to outrun her rating. In addition, she is closely related to Beat the Bank, who made considerable improvement from three to four for this stable.

TENEBRISM can defy stamina doubts to win at 3/1 and claim another 1,000 Guineas for Ballydoyle (3.40pm). It has been fashionable to question her credentials for the race, but her dam was a wonderfully talented miler in a gilded generation, while signs are that her sire Caravaggio seems to get horses that stay a bit further than might be imagined. The ground will be perfect, she absolutely bolted up in Group One company at this track, and could completely outclass and out speed these.

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