Will Sir Henry Cecil’s Hot Snap continue her unbeaten run in the 200th running of the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket today? Crockford reviews the field and her opposition
British punters have been enjoying the first real days of Spring in the last week but can Cecil’s Hot Snap continue to warm her followers hearts by winning the fillies classic? Sir Henry’s filly was so impressive in her win of the Nell Gwyn at the Craven Meeting that she was immediately made favourite for the Guineas. Even though still green in running she quickened up nicely to make her rivals look almost ordinary. Connections of the second that day, Sky Lantern and some punters believe that the Hannon filly may get closer to her today but all clues suggest that she can not reverse the placings. Unfortunately for Richard Hughes it looks after yesterday’s disappointment in the 2000 Guineas that he will have to wait still longer for his first English Classic winner.
The French filly What A Name could give Hot Snap the most to think about. Second to Olympic Glory at the Arc meeting she appears to have the strongest form in the book and will be fit from her game win a few weeks ago. Ryan Moore hopefully we not be feeling the effects of jet setting back from the Kentucky Derby when he takes his ride on Snow Queen for Aidan O’Brien. Her patchy form is a worry for Crockford but she must be also worth considering given her riders travels. If you believe what they say about Just The Judge being a flying machine she should not be far away from calculations too.
Crockford assesses the runners for the 200th renewal of the 1000 Guineas:
Agent Allison – Some good form last season and not far behind Maureen in her seasonal reappearance in the Fred Darling at Newbury. Probably will find a few too good for her in this.
Celtic Filly – Interesting runner but probably worthy of the large prices on offer for her.
Diaminda – Behind Winning Express at Salisbury and should not be able to reverse that form in a much hotter race today.
Hot Snap – Extremely impressive in the Nell Gwyn when running very greenly. Her turnout of foot in the race was breathtaking and the distance will suit her. Must be on the short-list of any punter.
Just The Judge – Unbeaten and an absolute flying machine on the gallops according to reports. It will be a big ask to win first time out but it is certainly not impossible. This filly could be anything.
Masarah – Stayed on well to win last time at Ascot but looks outclassed here against these smart rivals.
Maureen – Winner of the Fred Darling and may be overlooked by punters. One of a good pair for Richard Hannon.
Moth – Won easily at the Curragh and was subsequently supplemented for this race. The question must be who and what did she beat on her last run? Joseph O’Brien favours her over the stablemate Snow Queen.
Ollie Olga – Game winner when beating Sky Lantern at Goodwood last season. Only one disappointing run last year and may come back today with the same verve she showed last year. Possible each way claims at a big price.
Rasmeyaa – Dermot Weld should never be underestimated as a trainer and this filly was an easy winner last season on her second run. The markets may reveal her chances.
Roz – Second to the one time favourite Certify in the Group One at Newmarket last season. Probably would still have something to find to be in the mix here.
Sky Lantern – If this filly puts in a display of her best form she will have a live chance. However, it is still likely that there will be one or two too good for her.
Snow Queen – Probably not up to this standard as shown by her racing last season. The only reason to give her a second look would be the transatlantic efforts of her jockey.
What A Name – Mixed it with the best colts last season. This tough filly will be fit after her battling win at Maisons Laffitte and could be the one to beat.
Winning Express – This consistent filly will be there or thereabouts but will find the class of others too much for her.
Crockford’s prediction for the 1000 Guineas:
1 HOT SNAP
2 WHAT A NAME
3 JUST THE JUDGE
Crockford believes that Sir Henry Cecil will have enough classic filly to treasure as long as her inexperience does not make her vulnerable to the tough French filly or alleged flying machine.
(Featured Photograph – Richard Hughes and Sky Lantern at Goodwood by Stuart Rice)