With the jumps season coming to an end with the Punchestown Festival we have the first classic of the season on the flat at Newmarket with the 2000 Guineas. This race brings the best two year old form from last season into the three year old arena and to see which horse has progressed and grown into a proper racehorse. The winners of this race have gone on to achieve great things in the past and this weekend will be no different with some of the top trainers from both England and Ireland trying to won this great race. This preview will have one selection for the race because I simply think this horse is value at the price he is and should run a big race.
MADHMOON – TRAINER KEVIN PRENDERGAST – JOCKEY CHRIS HAYES
This horse for me was one of the best two year olds in Ireland last season and the only blip on his CV came first time out this year when he finished second in the 2000 Guineas trial at Leopardstown. If we take a look at his first two runs the manner of how he won them was very impressive. Back on August 16 last year he set the Irish flat season alight with a phenomenal performance first time out to travel and quicken from off the pace to win easily, going away. The next time we seen him was Champions Weekend when he won the Group 2 Champions Juvenile at Leopardstown, again easily leading over a furlong out and winning under hands and heels.
This weekends race will be a frantic pace and no doubt stamina will be a big question. Madhmoon will love the ground and he will travel into the race, I have no stamina doubts about him at all and his price really underestimates how good this horse is.
Kevin’s sole English Classic success to date came when Nebbiolo won the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket in 1977. This would be a poignant success for Kevin and I think this could be the fairytale story of the weekend
The market is dominated by Aidan O Brien and this could keep Madhmoon’s price intact and give us some value for the weekend.