Crockford considers each of the runners in a cracking renewal of the 20oo Guineas

In what appears to be one of the highest quality renewals of the first classic of the season, Crockford considers the reputations and chances of each of the fourteen runners.

Australia

So highly regarded by the team at Ballydoyle Australia will have his seasonal reappearance this afternoon in the 2000 Guineas. The colt progressed well as a two-year-old ending his season with a facile victory against the very highly thought of Free Eagle.  Claims surround the horse that he is the best that O’Brien has ever trained.

Bookrunner

Just a quarter of a length behind the fellow French raider Charm Spirit when they met last time out in the Prix Djebel. That form looks short of what will be needed to win this quality renewal.

Charm Spirit

Third behind Noozhoh Canarias in Grand Criterium at Longchamp last October before winning on his seasonal debut when beating Bookrunner. Will be outclassed in this stella field.

Ertijaal

Game winner twice on the all weather including in the Juvenile Championship at Lingfield on Good Friday. Highly regarded by connections and may have each way claims but probably not in this league.

Kingman

Truly brilliant at Newbury in the Greenham and has the stamp of racing royalty about him. Rumoured to be the best that Gosden has trained and a worthy favourite for this 2000 Guineas. Everything points to him being the winner.

Kingston Hill

Unbeaten and impressive when taking the Racing Post Trophy in style last autumn.  As a Group One winner he has to be respected but the quick conditions may go slightly against him this afternoon in a speedy field. Derby prospects look to be strong and a first four finish would be welcomed by connections.

Master Of The World

Beaten out of sight by True Story at Newmarket last month. A winner last autumn but no chance here.

Night Of Thunder

Winner at Goodwood and Doncaster last season and second to Kingman at Newbury. Potential for each way claims if reproducing his best form.

Noozhoh Canarias

Spanish raider  comes to the UK with a big reputation. Finished second at Longchamp at the end of the autumn and won a low grade contest last time. Probably not good enough to figure in the finish.

Outstrip

A Breeders Cup winner and second to Toormore at Glorious Goodwood. Outstrip has some fine form in the book and could provide a surprise at long odds.

Shifting Power

Undefeated in three starts including a battling win in the European Free Handicap at the Craven Meeting. Connections are not sure how good he is but he has done nothing wrong so far in his career. Strong each way claims at big prices.

The Grey Gatsby

Gave Toormore something to think about in the Craven Stakes when finishing second. However, he was well down the field against some of these rivals last season at Doncaster.

Toormore

Winner of the Craven and at Glorious Goodwood last year. Crowned the champion two-year-old when winning at the Curragh in the National Stakes. Not visually impressive last time and is yet to be truly tested. Not certain he has the ability to compete with Australia or Kingman.

War Command

So eye-catching when taking the Coventry in style. Has come in for a lot of support over this week. Second string to Australia but should not be underestimated. Each way claims.

Crockford’s 2000 Guineas 2014 prediction:

1 Kingman

2 Australia

3 Shifting Power

Kingman to confirm that he is true equine royalty when he takes the first Classic of the 2014 season and confirms his reputation as a great

 

(Featured Photograph – Shifting Power at Newmarket by Stuart Rice)

 

Shifting Power