Exciting Al Wukair Can Claim The 2000 Guineas For France

Saturday 6th May 2017, 3.35pm - 200 Guineas (Newmarket)

The excitement is palpable in Newmarket ahead of the weekend with the first classic of the season taking place on the Rowley Mile on Saturday afternoon. The 2000 Guineas is first up and we have a small, but select, field of nine colts engaged for one of the most famous races in the sport.

  • Aidan O'Brien has trained the winner of the 2000 Guineas seven times since 1998
  • Andre Frabre has trained one 2000 Guineas winner - Zafonic 1993

Saturday 6th May - 3.35pm OddsWon/LostBet
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Tips Al Wukair to win    Best Bet @ 9 / 2  

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Is Churchill The Prime Candidate?

The first place to start when looking for the winner this year is unsurprisingly with the Aidan O'Brien first string, and this year the Master of Ballydoyle runs the exciting Churchill. A long term favourite for this race, he went through his juvenile campaign unbeaten with six wins on the bounce, and the vibes from O'Brien have been positive of late.

Another exciting son of Galileo, Churchill won the Chesham on just his 2nd start in a race that has seen the form franked since. He also has vital experience of the Rowley Mile having won the Dewhurst on his last start with that race also looking like a very good renewal.

That form puts him clear of this field but we haven't seen him since which would always be a slight worry coming into the Guineas. Despite that, he is clearly highly thought of and looks the one to beat at 6/4f with Betfair.

Anything At Bigger Odds?

Punters wanting to take on the jolly have a few options despite the small field of just nine runners entered.

Ricard Hannon is always a man to follow when it comes to classy mile horses, and he has the exciting Barney Roy (4/1) taking his chance this weekend. A lovely bred animal by the top class Excelebration, he impressed recently when winning the Greenham and will be having just his 3rd start.

He won the Greenham a touch cosily in the end which was visually impressive on the eye, but it will remain to be seen how strong that form turns out to be.

Barney Roy will also need to prove he can handle the famous Newmarket dip as he takes to HQ for the first time, but Eminent is one that we already know handles the Rowley Mile.

Eminent (11/2) took the eye when winning the Craven Stakes last time out over course and distance, although no horse has done the double since 2004. We know he handles the trip and as a son of Frankel, he is sure to be popular amongst punters this weekend as a result.

The Guineas To Go To France?

Churchill might be one of those special Galileo horses from Ballydoyle but given the circumstances, he has to be taken on this weekend at the prices.

It's always great to have a French runner in the field and in the form of Al Wukair we have a fascinating contender to consider. Trained by the brilliant Andre Fabre, he has won all three of his starts to date, including recently when winning the Prix Djebel at Maisons-Laffitte in fairly comfortable style.

He showed a good turn of foot to claim the win that day and the fact they are making the trip over is interesting, which means he carries our money at 9/2 with Bet365.

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