1000 Guineas day preview & tips | Simon Holt: Call the Qab

Qabala wins the Nell Gwyn
Qabala wins the Nell Gwyn

Top commentator Simon Holt continued his rich vein of form by picking 2000 Guineas winner Magna Grecia - find out if he can make it a Classic double on Sunday!

Recommended Bets, May 5

2pts win Qabala in 3.35 Newmarket at 7/2

1pt win Victory Angel in 2.55 Newmarket at 10/1

For details of advised bookmakers and each-way terms, visit our transparent tipping record


SUNDAY'S Qipco 1000 Guineas looks an open renewal but the likely favourite QABALA is taken to improve on her victory in the Nell Gwyn Stakes.

Roger Varian's daughter of Scat Daddy has won both her starts on this course and the way she hit the line here just under three weeks ago over seven furlongs, offers plenty of hope that she will stay a mile well.

What was interesting about the Nell Gwyn was that Varian's other runner, the re-opposing runner-up Mot Juste, was ridden by stable jockey Andrea Atzeni yet proved less strong in the market with a welter of cash coming for Qabala, aboard whom David Egan (who keeps the mount) again impressed.

Those placings can be confirmed and a bigger threat to the selection may come from Skitter Scatter, another daughter of Scat Daddy, who progressed to win her final three starts as a juvenile culminating in a two length defeat of recent winner Lady Kaya in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at The Curragh in August.

On pedigree, she should get a mile (but maybe not much more) and appears to have a very likeable attitude.

As ever, Aidan O'Brien is well represented with Ryan Moore opting to ride Just Wonderful who was last seen finishing fourth behind the outstanding Newspaperofrecord at the Breeders Cup.

The daughter of Dansili (out of a Montjeu mare) had earlier beaten recent Fred Darling Stakes winner Dandhu over seven furlongs here in the Rockfel Stakes and is just preferred to stable-mates Fairyland, Fleeting and Hermosa.

Joseph O'Brien, who has made such a stunning start to his training career, could also have a big say with Iridessa who looked all about stamina when beating Hermosa in the Fillies Mile here last October (at 14-1) and should come on for her comeback third behind Lady Kaya over just seven furlongs on soft ground at Leopardstown.

In the Longholes Handicap, the now gelded VICTORY ANGEL is well enough handicapped to make a winning start for his new trainer, sprint specialist Robert Cowell.

The five-year-old hasn't always been the most consistent of performers but he was beaten only a length into fourth in this race last year and now gets a 6lb pull with the winner Gifted Master.

Victory Angel was also a winner over this course and distance for former trainer Roger Varian in 2017 and, if benefitting from the change of stables, looks a value bet as he goes well fresh and clearly handles the Rowley Mile's undulations well.


GET THE FULL PICTURE: Don't miss out on FREE video replays and our fantastic My Stable tracker. Log in now and become a Sporting Life Insider.

Related horse racing links

Like what you've read?
Help your friends Know It All by sharing this article to your social media.

Most Read Racing

The Dash is a great spectacle at Epsom1

Antepost Angle: Investec Dash

Matt Brocklebank looks ahead to the fiercely competitive Investec Dash at Epsom on Derby day, with a 33/1 selection in the big sprint handicap.

Check out our preview and tips for today's horse racing2

Sunday's racing preview

Anita Chambers makes Isaan Queen her best bet and has a tip for every race in the UK and Ireland.

Check out what's being backed with Sky Bet3

The Market Place: Angelic gamble

Zalmi Angel is the major market springer at Ripon today - check out all the best backed horses of the day plus Sky Bet's Price Boost offers.

Nap Of The Day4

Daily Nap: Count on Kapoor

Ben Linfoot heads to Yorkshire's Garden Racecourse for Sunday's nap with a Simon Crisford-trained filly fancied.

So Perfect strikes under Ryan Moore5

Naas trials day preview & quotes

Views from connections ahead of the feature action on Royal Ascot Trials Day at Naas on Sunday.

Most Read Racing

The Dash is a great spectacle at Epsom1

Antepost Angle: Investec Dash

Matt Brocklebank looks ahead to the fiercely competitive Investec Dash at Epsom on Derby day, with a 33/1 selection in the big sprint handicap.

Check out our preview and tips for today's horse racing2

Sunday's racing preview

Anita Chambers makes Isaan Queen her best bet and has a tip for every race in the UK and Ireland.

Check out what's being backed with Sky Bet3

The Market Place: Angelic gamble

Zalmi Angel is the major market springer at Ripon today - check out all the best backed horses of the day plus Sky Bet's Price Boost offers.

Nap Of The Day4

Daily Nap: Count on Kapoor

Ben Linfoot heads to Yorkshire's Garden Racecourse for Sunday's nap with a Simon Crisford-trained filly fancied.

So Perfect strikes under Ryan Moore5

Naas trials day preview & quotes

Views from connections ahead of the feature action on Royal Ascot Trials Day at Naas on Sunday.

Next Race Off

15:35 Stratford
5
(0)
Riviere Argentee
J: P J Brennan
4
(0)
Nice To Sea
J: David England
3
(0)
Kahaleesi
J: Aidan Coleman
6
(0)
Angel Of The North
J: Bridget Andrews
7
(0)
Yamuna River
J: Tom Cannon
2
(0)
Cold Fusion
J: Mr Shane Quinlan
1
(0)
Amy Kane
J: David Noonan

Racing Tips

The Dash is a great spectacle at Epsom

Antepost Angle: Investec Dash

Matt Brocklebank looks ahead to the fiercely competitive Investec Dash at Epsom on Derby day, with a 33/1 selection in the big sprint handicap.

Check out our preview and tips for today's horse racing

Sunday's racing preview

Anita Chambers makes Isaan Queen her best bet and has a tip for every race in the UK and Ireland.

Nap Of The Day

Daily Nap: Count on Kapoor

Ben Linfoot heads to Yorkshire's Garden Racecourse for Sunday's nap with a Simon Crisford-trained filly fancied.