33 possibles for 1000 Guineas
There are 33 fillies still remaining in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 4 following the latest forfeit stage.
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Roger Varian has left both Princess Noor and Hadaatha in the 201st running of the one mile fillies’ Classic.
Princess Noor, winner in 2013 of the Group 3 Princess Margaret Juddmonte Stakes and runner-up in the Group One Cheveley Park Stakes, is described as a “definite runner” by Varian, while Hadaatha, a winner of a maiden on her debut at the Craven Meeting last week, is only a possible at this stage.
Varian said: “Princess Noor is doing well and her work has been good. She has a stamina question to answer as all her form last year was over six furlongs, but she is quite relaxed – which should help her get the mile – and Johnny Murtagh said when he got off her after the Cheveley Park that he thought she had a chance of getting it.
“She had a very high level of form as a two-year-old so is definitely entitled to take her chance. If she gets the mile she will run a big race.”
On Hadaatha, he said: “She has come out of last week’s Newmarket maiden race victory well.
“Although we have not 100 per cent ruled the Guineas out, I think that it may come too soon for her. She will do a piece of work this weekend and we will decide afterwards.”
The remaining contenders include the winners of the two biggest trials – Sandiva (Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes) and J Wonder (Dubai Duty Free Stakes) – not to mention the ante post favourite, Rizeena, and eight overseas-trained contenders headed by My Titania, Tapestry and Miss France.