QUESTIONS TO ANSWER
Without question, the May bank holiday weekend in Newmarket is one of the highlights of the year. The town is flooded with welcome new faces and the only two questions on everyone’s lips are who is going to win the Guineas and where’s the party afterwards!?
At this stage I cannot conclusively answer either question, although I will give my opinion on the first two classics of the year.
The sensible and realistic starting point whether it be here or in Ireland for any classic is with the master trainer Aidan O’Brien. Air Force Blue and Minding have already shown the form which has placed them at the front of the markets in both renewals of the Guineas. Air Force Blue, who has been described by Aidan as the best two year old he has ever trained, is sired by the mighty War Front, a stallion that British racegoers will not be familiar with. Cross over the pond to our American friends and it’s a different story.
If Air Force Blue does not bring his two year old form to the table, I have no doubt Ed Walker’s Stormy Antatrctic and Hugo Palmer’s Galileo Gold will be there to pick up the pieces. I was at Warren Place alongside Ed for two years, he is an incredibly nice guy and even better trainer. He thoroughly deserves to show case his talents at the very top. Hugo’s meteoric rise to prominence in the trainers ranks, speaks for itself. He has been a great friend and mentor to me over the past few years. I would like nothing more to see him land his second classic.
It is impossible to look past Minding in the 1000 Guineas, this daughter of Galileo showed exceptional form at two, bolting up in the Fillies Mile. Lumiere looked a raw talent throughout last year and the war cry from the Johnston family cannot be ignored. I would also like to wish the supplemented Jetsetting the very best for current owners in the yard, Equinegrowthpartners Syndicate.