Alex Hammond: France fancy

  • Last Updated: May 3 2014, 22:10 BST

Alex Hammond previews the QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on Sunday.

Miss France: Can win the 1000 Guineas.
Miss France: Can win the 1000 Guineas.

On Sunday, it’s the QIPCO 1000 Guineas where Rizeena is the ante-post favourite for veteran Newmarket trainer Clive Brittain.

He is no stranger to top class fillies having trained the great Pebbles in the 80s and Sayyedati in the 90s to win this race. This filly appears to have had a smooth run over the winter and has some top level form as a juvenile. There shouldn’t be an issue with her staying the mile on pedigree, but I have doubts about backing her at the price.

It’s a shame John Oxx’s My Titania misses the race due to a bad scope, the Guineas is poorer without her. I wouldn’t be rushing to back Godolphin’s Ihtimal either who has been in action in Dubai over the winter. Saeed bin Suroor’s filly has to translate her Meydan tapeta form to Newmarket’s turf and I think she has to progress again to beat some of these fillies.

Let’s not forget that Miss France was the winter favourite for this race, but bookmakers pushed her out after a disappointing reappearance in the Prix Imprudence. The race wasn’t run to suit her there and the ground was softer than ideal, I think she can be forgiven that moderate run on her reappearance.

She is trained by the master Andre Fabre and she is sure to be fully ready for the task in hand or she wouldn’t be in the line up.

Aidan O’Brien’s Tapestry has been a bit friendless in the market, but she hasn’t done much wrong. She saw the backside of Rizeena and Kiyoshi on her final start in the Moyglare Stud Stakes, although she was promoted to second following a stewards enquiry as Kiyoshi’s wayward tendencies resurfaced. It could be that she will be better suited to further than a mile this season.

There would be no better reception than if Lucky Kristale were to win for George Margarson. I would dearly love her to do so for his team, but there has to be a doubt about her stamina for this mile. She settles well and that will help her cause, but I have that doubt in my mind.

Richard Fahey will be hoping Sandiva can take the prize back up to Yorkshire. She also has the benefit of a run this term having won the Nell Gwyn last month and she shouldn’t have a problem staying the mile judging on that performance.

It would be marvellous for Lady Cecil if Frankel’s half-sister Joyeuse were to win the race. Like Frankel she has her quirks and needs things to drop right. She was third to J Wonder in the Fred Darling having came from some way back so can be given some credit for that seasonal debut effort.

The 1000 looks a tougher race to assess than the 2000, but I feel it may be worth taking a chance on Miss France who should be forgiven one bad run, particularly as it was on her seasonal debut.

Miss France in the 1000 Guineas with Sky Bet