Daban tipped to down Rhodendron in QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket

Sunday 6th May, 2017 - 3:35pm Newmarket - QIPCO 1000 Guineas

Aidan O'Brien saddled Minding to victory in last year's QIPCO 1000 Guineas and the master of Ballydoyle will unleash the favourite for the 2017 renewal in the shape of Fillies' Mile heroine Rhododendron, but the daughter of Galileo will face some lively rivals in what is a cracking renewal of the Group 1 Classic at Newmarket on Saturday afternoon.

  • Rhodendron stormed to Fillies' Mile glory last year
  • Daban was an impressive winner of Nell Gwyn Stakes last month
  • Ryan Moore has ridden three of last five winners (rides Rhodendron)

Sunday 7th May - 3.35pm OddsWon/LostBet
QIPCO 1000 Guineas    
Tips Daban to win    Best Bet @ 6 / 1  

Rhododendron A Little Too Short In Betting

An impressive two-and-a-quarter length winner of the aforementioned Fillies' Mile over course and distance at the back end of last season, Rhododendron will make her seasonal reappearance here, but the manner in which she dispatched of a quality field in that Group 1 last season means that she will line up as the clear 15/8 favourite with bet365 bookmakers.

Ryan Moore, who has won the last two renewals of this race, is sure to adopt similar tactis on Sunday as he did last time out, and will try to switch her off towards the back of the field before unleashing his charge, but with this being her first start of the season then she could well improve for the run, and at as short as 15/8 then she could be worth taking on with a bigger-priced contender.

DabanTo Strike For Gosden

John Gosden last won this race in 2000 with Lahan, but he will fancy his chances of etching his name on to the roll of honour again as he saddles Daban, who was last seen storming to victory in the Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket, and she shaped like there could be a lot more to come now upped to Grade 1 company.

She has only had two starts, and she lacked a little bit of experience through the early stages of that race as she pulled too hard, but despite doing several things wrong she still managed to beat some decent fillies including Queen Kindly (33/1) and Kilmah (50/1), and with an abudance of talent she could well continue on an upward curve and at 6/1 with Coral can down Rhododendron in this contest.

Fair Eva Best Of The Rest

Fair Eva will attempt to follow in her father's footsteps Frankel by winning a Classic, but while she was a model of consistency last term she often found one too good, so at 6/1 with Sky Bet could well have to settle for a minor role once again.

While all eyes will be on O'Brien's Rhododendron, he will also have a strong support team and Winter has been heavily backed in the last week or so, and the 8/1 with Betfred is certainly an intriguing runner, while Hydrangea (14/1) is another Ballydoyle runner that could sneak into the frame.

2017 QIPCO 1000 Guineas Odds

Posted: Friday, 5th May 2017
Author: Steve Chambo

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