Magna Grecia heads 2000 Guineas field at Newmarket

Magna Grecia (far side) wins the Vertem Futurity Trophy
Magna Grecia (far side) wins the Vertem Futurity Trophy

Aidan O'Brien is double-handed as he endeavours to take his record haul to 10 in the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on Saturday after a field of 19 was declared for the colts' Classic.

O'Brien's first on the roll of honour was King Of Kings in 1998 and the Ballydoyle maestro made it nine with Saxon Warrior last year.

The two horses bidding for glory this time are Vertem Futurity Trophy scorer Magna Grecia and Ten Sovereigns - the unbeaten winner of the Middle Park Stakes.

Madhmoon, trained by Kevin Prendergast, is the other Irish challenger.

Leading the home defence are the William Haggas-trained Craven Stakes victor Skardu and Martyn Meade's Phoenix Stakes winner Advertise, the mount of Frankie Dettori.

There are three Godolphin-owned contenders in Mark Johnston's Dark Vision, Saeed bin Suroor's Royal Marine and Charlie Appleby's Al Hilalee.

The latter has been off the track since winning a Listed prize at Deauville in August and was supplemented at a cost of £30,000.

Completing the list are Azano, Emaraaty Ana, Great Scot, Kick On, King Of Change, Momkin, Name The Wind, Set Piece, Shine So Bright, Sporting Chance and Urban Icon.

Qatar Racing's retained rider Oisin Murphy said of Kick On: "This is what it all gears up towards during the winter. We can now start to get excited about the two-year-olds of last year. To have a decent book of rides going into the QIPCO Guineas Festival is fantastic, and I’m really looking forward to the weekend.

“The QIPCO 2000 Guineas is a wide-open renewal this year, with Too Darn Hot among a few fancied horses not to make the final declarations. I ride Kick On in the Qatar Racing colours I sported in last season’s QIPCO British Champions Series in victories aboard Roaring Lion and Lightning Spear.

"Kick On has come out of the Fielden Stakes well and John Gosden is very happy with him. Obviously he's coming back a furlong from that race but he's got plenty of pace, and we're hoping for a big run. He's certainly not without chance in a big, open field.

"As always the Irish have a strong hand going into the race. Magna Gracia and Ten Sovereigns set a fair standard for Aidan O’Brien, who knows a thing or two about winning this race.

"I thought Royal Marine was a little bit unlucky in the bet365 Craven Stakes, and could run a better race on Saturday. He's a Group 1 winner over a mile as a two-year-old so he should get the trip.

"In that race, however, I was really taken by what Skardu produced. He will certainly have stepped up from that, being his first start of the season. It’s a fascinatingly open renewal with plenty of chances who you can make a case for."

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