Sky Lantern will shine a light on the 1000 Guineas when she runs in the Nell Gwyn at Newmarket tomorrow
The impressive winner of the Group One Moyglare at the Curragh Sky Lantern now takes the field in the traditional 1000 Guineas trial the Nell Gwyn at HQ. Hannon’s filly is currently quoted at 12/1 with Hills for the Newmarket classic but will face stiff opposition in the form of the highly regarded Lady Nouf, Cumani’s Nargys and the Cheveley Park second Winning Express. Haggas is more than likely to be represented by his other unbeaten filly Rosdhu Queen in a couple of weeks time with Lady Nouf heading for the Oaks instead. With Hannon’s filly having the best form in the book from last season her performance is bound to shine a light on the 1000 Guineas market. Crockford is certain that whichever filly is quickest down the Rowley Mile she will become the punters and bookies fancy.
Beyond the Nell Gwyn there are a host of classic hopefuls on show across the rest of the card on the first day of the Craven Meeting. The first race sees the debut of the well thought of Jammy Guest who holds entries in the 2000 Guineas and Derby. The European Free Handicap stands as usual as a trial for the 2000 Guineas with last seasons runs of Alhebayeb catching Crockford’s eye. Second favourite for the Tattersalls Millions £100,000 sprint Victrix Ludorum may use the 6F race as a stepping stone to the 1000 Guineas and if she does impress tomorrow Hannon may go double-handed to the fillies classic. The Derby will be the main focus of many of the runners in the (5.15) with the Fielden Stakes also providing a staging post to the classics.
The first day of an excellent two day meeting at Cheltenham sees a quality field of seven assemble for the Grade 2 Silver Trophy Chase. Menorah heads the entries that include Hunt Ball, Champion Court and Festival winner Carrick Boy. Puffin Billy will try to return to winning ways in the first race after two disapointing last runs.
Crockford’s gambles at the Craven Meeting and at Cheltenham:
Newmarket – Jammy Guest (1.45), Orton Park (2.20), Amberley Heights e/w (2.55), Alhebayeb (3.30), Sky Lantern (4.05), Intello (4.40), Battalion (5.15) and The Taj e/w (5.45)
Cheltenham – Puffin Billy (2.10), Qianshan Leader (2.45), Edgardo Sol (3.20), Menorah (3.55), Goulanes (5.05) and Mr Mole (5.35)
(Featured Photograph – Sky Lantern and Ollie Olga at Goodwood by Stuart Rice)
(Photograph – Menorah before the Denman Chase at Newbury by Stuart Rice)