Gustav Klimt to hand Aidan O'Brien more 2000 Guineas success at Newmarket

Posted: Friday, 4th May 2018

Saturday 5th May, 2018 - 3:35pm Newmarket - QIPCO 2000 Guineas

Flat fans are licking their lips at the prospect of the top class action on the level over the coming months, and the action clicks up a few notches on Saturday afternoon as the first Classic of the season takes place at Newmarket, as a quality field of colts line up in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas, which is the highlight of the day at 3:35pm.

  • Aidan O'Brien saddled Churchill to victory 12 months ago
  • Five of the last seven winners have been priced 4/1 or lower

Saturday - 3.35pm OddsBets
2000 Guineas   
Gustav Klimt to win    Best Bet 5/2

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Aidan O'Brien has a sensational record in this race having lifted the crown seven times since the turn of the century, and the master of Ballydoyle will unleash a trio of contenders in this year's event with Gustav Klimt (5/2 with Betfair) and Saxon Warrior (5/1 with Coral) two prominent figures in the betting for this fascinating contest.

Gustav Klimt was a very smart two-year-old and his win in the Superlative Stakes was a tremendous performance having found trouble in runner, while he has kicked off the season with a win at Leopardstown, but has a lot more to come on the track, and he could well be a real tough nut to crack, and if he continues his progression he has all the makings of a Guineas winner, and has to be the one to side with.

Saxon Warrior ended last season beating Roaring Lion (16/1 with William Hill) in the Racing Post Trophy, but has yet to have a prep this season, and he could turn into more of a Derby contender later in the season, and it could prove that Elarqam and Masar are more of a danger to Gustav Klimt here.

Mark Johnston's Elarqam is made to be a Guineas winner being a Frankel colt out of Attraction, and the son will aim to be a Classic winner like his parents, and at 5/1 with Betfair the Somerville Stakes winner is a player, as is Masar, who bound to victory in the Craven Stakes last time out, and at 11/2 with Betfair has to be a contender.

Each-Way Contenders

Sir Michael Stoute last won the 2000 Guineas in 2001 with Golan, but he will aim to break that long run on Saturday with Expert Eye, who is 9/1 with Betfair, and was lauded as the next star off the Freemason Lodge production line, but having flopped in the Dewhurst Stakes he was then beaten in the Greenham Stakes at Newbury by James Garfield, and that pair lock horns here.

James Garfield is 25/1 with William Hill here, and will fancy his chances of franking that form, but Expert Eye should come on for that Greenham run, and has to be a player here, while the abovementioned Roaring Lion is classy on his day, and has to be given a second look.

Of the others, Headway and Raid (botth 33/1) are eye-catching runners, but it could be a race dominated by the fancied contenders, and it's Gustav Klimt that can hand the Ballydoyle operation another Guineas success, and could prove to be a cut above his rivals.

2018 QIPCO 2000 Guineas Odds

Ten Sovereigns
Ten Sovereigns 7/2 7/2 7/2 10/3 7/2 10/3 7/2 100/ 30 10/3
Magna Grecia
Magna Grecia 4 5 5 5 9/2 9/2 5 9/2 5
Madhmoon
Madhmoon 7 13/2 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
Advertise
Advertise 15/2 7 7 7 7 15/2 7 7 7
Skardu
Skardu 6 15/2 8 15/2 15/2 15/2 8 7 15/2
Royal Marine
Royal Marine 10 11 12 11 11 10 12 11 11
Al Hilalee
Al Hilalee 12 14 16 14 14 14 14 14 14
Great Scot
Great Scot 16 16 20 16 14 16 16 14 16
Kick On
Kick On 16 16 22 18 18 20 20 20 18
Urban Icon
Urban Icon 20 20 20 20 20 20 25 20 20
Set Piece
Set Piece 20 20 25 22 20 22 25 22 22
Shine So Bright
Shine So Bright 25 33 28 28 33 28 33 28 28
Momkin
Momkin 20 25 33 28 33 28 33 33 28
Emaraaty Ana
Emaraaty Ana 33 50 66 50 66 50 66 50 50
Dark Vision
Dark Vision 40 50 66 50 66 50 50 40 50
King Of Change
King Of Change 66 66 80 66 66 66 66 66 66
Azano
Azano 50 66 66 66 66 66 66 66 66
Name The Wind
Name The Wind 25 50 80 50 50 66 66 50 50
Sporting Chance
Sporting Chance 66 66 100 66 66 66 80 66 66
BEST ODDS
1. Ten Sovereigns
7/2
VISIT ODDS
7/2
7/2
7/2
10/3
10/3
10/3
VISIT ODDS
5/1
5/1
5/1
9/2
9/2
9/2
4/1
VISIT ODDS
8/1
15/2
15/2
15/2
15/2
15/2
7/1
6/1
VISIT ODDS
7/1
7/1
7/1
7/1
7/1
7/1
13/2
VISIT ODDS
15/2
7/1
7/1
7/1
7/1
7/1
7/1
VISIT ODDS
12/1
11/1
11/1
11/1
11/1
11/1
10/1
10/1
VISIT ODDS
14/1
14/1
14/1
14/1
14/1
14/1
14/1
12/1
VISIT ODDS
16/1
16/1
16/1
16/1
16/1
16/1
14/1
14/1
VISIT ODDS
20/1
20/1
20/1
18/1
18/1
18/1
16/1
16/1
VISIT ODDS
22/1
22/1
22/1
22/1
20/1
20/1
20/1
VISIT ODDS
20/1
20/1
20/1
20/1
20/1
20/1
20/1
VISIT ODDS
33/1
33/1
28/1
28/1
28/1
25/1
20/1
13. Shine So Bright
33/1
VISIT ODDS
33/1
33/1
28/1
28/1
28/1
28/1
25/1
14. Name The Wind
80/1
VISIT ODDS
66/1
66/1
50/1
50/1
50/1
50/1
50/1
25/1
VISIT ODDS
66/1
50/1
50/1
50/1
50/1
50/1
33/1
VISIT ODDS
50/1
50/1
50/1
50/1
50/1
40/1
40/1
VISIT ODDS
66/1
66/1
66/1
66/1
66/1
66/1
50/1
18. King Of Change
80/1
VISIT ODDS
66/1
66/1
66/1
66/1
66/1
66/1
66/1
66/1
19. Sporting Chance
100/1
VISIT ODDS
80/1
66/1
66/1
66/1
66/1
66/1
66/1
66/1

Odds correct as of 3rd May, 15:26 Odds subject to change.


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