Celestial Path and Territories can get Gleneagles in 2000 Guineas
Whilst this year’s 2000 Guineas may lack a star name unlike last year’s renewal, the stage could be set for a performance of true quality from one of these 19 colts.
The long time favourite for the race has been Gleneagles for Aidan O’Brien, who is attempting to win the race for the seventh time.
Jockey Ryan Moore, meanwhile, has yet to win one but, whilst Gleneagles improved through his two-year-old career, he was disqualified in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagadere when hanging right into Full Mast and Territories.
With the horse encountering Newmarket and the dip for the first time, he could easily do that again, plus Gleneagles has always appeared in his races to only just do enough which can count against him in a Guineas. O’Brien also runs Ol’ Man River, who has shaped more as a Derby contender and could be outpaced a crucial point.
Territories was supplemented by Godolphin, and looks the likely winner having been impressive on his return to action at Longchamp over a mile. He looks to have improved plenty over the winter and, with Newmarket specialist Mickael Barzalona in the saddle, a bold bid is expected of Andre Fabre’s charge.
Also in Territories’ favour is having two horses drawn near him, Home Of The Brave and Glenalmond, to give him a nice toe into the race.
Of the rest, Estidhkaar looks the best of the Hannon trio, with Ivawood not looking to have trained on or wanting a mile. Kool Kompany, meanwhile, is best in a small field and when able to dominate which he won’t be able to do.
Intilaaq was really taking in his maiden at Newbury, but this is a quick leap up the ladder. One that could go well at a price is Celestial Path, who loves fast ground and wasn’t out of place in the Racing Post Trophy behind Elm Park on ground that wasn’t in his favour.