🏆Ascot – ⏱2.30 – 🌦Good – 📏1m – 💰£600,000
Won last year by the scintillating Ribchester. The Queen Anne Stakes return for the 2018 British Champion Series. All the big stables and major jockeys are set for an outing that should be a brilliant spectacle.
(1). Name: Accidental Agent – Trainer: Eve Houghton – Form: 148-36 – Odds: 50/1
Winner of two class two event last season at Newmarket and Ascot. He has become slightly dissapointing and extremely frustrating to follow after being beaten favourite more than once since. Not without a shout on a going day but his odds reflect his chance.
(2). Name: Addeybb – Trainer: William Haggas – Form: 31-118 – Odds: 16/1
Finished last season strongly before winning the Lincoln easily on his return at Doncaster then the Group 2 Mile at Sandown in the same fashion. Was bitterly dissapointing at Newbury last time but surely that wasn’t a true reflection of his ability at this level. Could very well outrun odds of 16/1 and is a lively outsider to keep and eye on.
(3). Name: Beat The Bank – Trainer: Andrew Balding – Form: 1110-0 – Odds: 16/1
Won five of his first six starts but seems to have struggled quite a lot in two big field events. Entitled to have come on for his re appearance and may be a lot more competitive in this. Probably just slightly outclassed by his rivals though.
(4). Name: Benbatl – Trainer: Saeed Bin Suroor – Form: 6-1121 – Odds: 6/1
Only won twice in Britain last season but has been a force to be reckoned with in Dubai this winter, winning a group three, two and one. Big chance of handling the return to these conditions and seems to be in the form of his life. Possibly a little to short at 6s for my liking but a very real threat.
(5). Name: Cape Byron – Trainer: Andrea Atzeni – Form: 13-94 – Odds: 66/1
Winner of a couple low level contests at Ascot and Newmarket. Seems to have some potential at that level but would be a major suprise if he were to be involved in the shake up in this one. Probably not going to run a big race.
(6). Name: Deauville – Trainer: Aiden O’Brien – Form: 300-25 – Odds: 16/1
Beaten favourite on re-appearance but ahead of some of these on his second outing. Losing spell goes back over a year and it’s hard to see that ending today. Most likely not going to take the spoils but in with a decent each way chance.
(7). Name: Masar – Trainer: Charlie Appleby – Form: 136-01 – Odds: 4/1
Winner of a group 3 at Sandown last September before a couple dissapointing runs in Chantilly and Meydan over the winter. Hot straight back to form at the Craven meeting, bolting up in the stakes by 9l, hard to oppose on that form but may have been flattered. Godolphins record in this race isn’t the most encouraging either, however he is one of the biggest players in the field.
(8). Name: Murillo – Trainer: Aiden O’Brien – Form: 6133 – Odds: 66/1
The outsider of the Ballydoyle trio who will no doubt be here as a pacemaker for the two big guns. He is a nice looking type who will win races but just isn’t anywhere near the required standard today. Readily opposable.
(9). Name: Nebo – Trainer: Charles Hill – Form: 6321-6 – Odds: 80/1
Progressed nicely as a two year old, which culminated in a group 2 win. Has potential and is the ride of the champion jockey but will have to have come on a lot from dissapointing reappearance where he was behind a couple of these.
(10). Name: Raid – Trainer: David Simcock – Form: 1-4 – Odds: 25/1
Winner of his only start at two. He finished off nicely when closing the gap over 7f on his return. Not far behind James Garfield and Expert Eye. Very promising type and one to keep and eye on this season but this race will have come too soon for him to make any real impact.
(11). Name: Rajasinghe – Trainer: Richard Spencer – Form: 11300 – Odds: 50/1
Boasts some useful form including his win of the Coventry stakes at Royal Ascot. Form did take a dip after that though and it’s hard to be confident in him for this one when he’s not bred for this trip and not had a run this season yet. Readily Discounted.
(12). Name: Roaring Lion – Trainer: John Gosden – Form: 1112-3 – Odds: 18/1
Winner of his first three starts, including a group 2 here at Newmarket. Proceded to give Saxon Warrior a scare in the racing post trophy but then ultimately did not impress when a laboured third on his return in the craven when beaten 10 lengths by Masar. Possible that he could have needed the run and he will most definitely be sharper today. Place claims at 18/1.
(13). Name: Saxon Warrior – Trainer: Aiden O’Brien – Form: 111 – Odds: 10/3
Unbeaten ballydoyle runner who arguably brings the most potential to the field. Won the Racing Post trophy on final start and looks like he could be anything. Concerns are that Aiden O’Briens runners so far this season look to need a run before hitting form, although I’m certain he will be well prepared for this one.
(14). Name: Tip Two Win – Trainer: Roger Teal – Form: 2121-1 – Odds: 40/1
Brings some interesting form to the table and already seems ultra consistent. This his toughest test to date but he did stay on well to score over 7f in a group 3 on his return so this extra furlong looks sure to suit. Probably outclassed but one to keep an eye on.
All in all this will be one of the most interesting Guineas in years, plenty of untapped potential and not a single runner can be readily discounted. Our selection for the race is Elarqam for Mark Johnston and Jim Crowley. Although it has been 24 years since Mark Johnston last won the Guineas, he has held this horse in high regard and I see him as a potential superstar. Only time will tell I suppose. As for the other runners, I see Roaring Lion and Expert Eye to be on the premises and they are good value at double figure odds. Saxon Warrior will be close no doubt and Headway will be the best of the outsiders I think. Let me know what you guys are punting for the big one!
Elarqam is best priced at 11/2 with Betway