Racing UK looks at the foreign challenge
Wednesday 18 April 2012
Ireland’s challenge for both Guineas at Newmarket next month is extremely strong so Racing UK’s Irish expert Donn McClean marks your card ahead of the two-day Craven meeting today.
In the 2,000 Guineas four of the first nine in the betting are trained across the Irish Sea. Although Camelot is an uneasy favourite on account of rumours that he might not line up at Newmarket on May 5, he still is as short as 5-2 for the colts’ Classic.
It is a similar story in the 1,000 Guineas in which Aidan O’Brien has 7-2 favourite Maybe, as well as Wading, the Rockfel winner, for the May 6 contest. Kevin Prendergast should saddle La Collina while Ger Lyons should send over Lightening Pearl, the Cheveley Park Stakes winner.
McClean also looks at the older Irish horses that could make an impact this season and brings you his three horses to keep an eye on.
Click to hear Donn McClean discuss Ireland’s challenge with Nick Luck:
The French also pose a formidable contingent in the Guineas with French Fifteen as short as 8-1 for the 2,000 Guineas, while Mashoora is a point bigger to become the third filly from across the Channel to win the 1,000 Guineas in the past six years.
Claude Charlet, our French expert, brings you the latest on the French Classic crop, but he also focuses on the older brigade, including Cirrus Des Aigles, the Champion Stakes and Dubai Sheema Classic victor.
Click below to watch Claude talk through the French challenge: