Monday 22 January 2018

O'Brien doubles up for 2000 Guineas

Aidan O'Brien (right) is set to be represented by Gleneagles and Ol' Man River in the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on Saturday.

The Ballydoyle possibles also include Highland Reel and War Envoy, but the former could instead head for the French equivalent at Longchamp.

O'Brien said: "It looks like Gleneagles and Ol' Man River will run at Newmarket, and if Highland Reel doesn't run he'll go to France."

Frankie Dettori will ride Moheet with Gregory Benoist on The Wow Signal in the mile Classic, for which 28 stood their ground.

Both colts are owned by Al Shaqab Racing and the Italian, who last won the Classic in 1999 with Island Sands, appears to have gone for potential over proven form.

The Richard Hannon-trained Moheet has only won a maiden, but ran a race full of promise in the Craven Stakes when third behind stable companion Kool Kompany.

The Wow Signal won the Coventry Stakes and Prix Morny last season and had excuses when disappointing on Arc day at Longchamp.

Roger Varian and owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum have supplemented impressive Newbury winner Intilaaq at a cost of £30,000.

Third on his debut at Ascot last September, he showed the benefit of a winter on his back when bounding clear of some decent rivals to win by eight lengths on his return to action.

Varian could also run last season's Dewhurst winner, Belardo, but there would need to be a give in the ground for him to take his chance.

The Newmarket handler said: "Intilaaq won at Newbury like a very good horse and he has trained beautifully since.

"He has natural speed to be comfortable at a mile but also has the stamina to stay further, which should stand him in good stead in a 2000 Guineas."

As expected, Godolphin also paid to supplement the Andre Fabre-trained Territories, an impressive winner of a Group Three recently. Fabre could also run Make Believe. Hannon has left in Estidhkaar, Ivawood and Kool Kompany along with Moheet.

Ger Lyons hopes to be double-handed with Cappella Sansevero and Endless Drama, although ground conditions could play their part.

Lyons said: "They are both in at the moment and are in good form, but we will have to see what the ground is like. Cappella Sansevero may turn up if it's good to firm but if it's too quick for Elm Park then Endless Drama won't run either "

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