Roger Charlton’s Frankel filly Quadrilateral looks sure to start favourite for Sunday’s 1,000 Guineas. And why not? She’s won all her three starts. She followed two stylish Newbury wins with victory in the Group 1 Fillies’ Mile over the Guineas course and distance. Aidan O’Brien’s filly Love finished third that day, with Boomer a close-up fifth.
Jessica Harrington’s Millisle sprang a 16-1 shock when winning the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes, beating Raffle Prize by 1¾ lengths. However, she has yet to run beyond six furlongs. The same applies to Raffle Prize, who, prior to finishing runner-up to Millisle, had won the Queen Mary and the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes, both Group 2 races, and finished a neck second to a good colt in the Group 1 Prix Morny.
Love is O’Brien’s sole runner. Before finishing third in the Fillies’ Mile she had won the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes, beating subsequent Rockfel Stakes winner Daahyeh, who misses the Guineas. Richard Hannon’s Cloak Of Spirits finished a close third in the Rockfel. She had earlier run sixth in the May Hill Stakes, two and a half lengths behind second-placed Boomer. The latter had won the Group 3 Prestige Stakes at Goodwood on her previous start.
Love can bloom at Newmarket
The remaining nine runners need to improve in order to win. John Gosden’s filly Shimmering is the one with most potential. She looked good when winning a one-mile novice race at Lingfield in December. However, this is a big jump in class.
Godolphin run two. Summer Romance impressed when winning a Listed race on the July Course but was then twice exposed in Group company. Final Song has run four times already this year. She followed three starts in Dubai with a third-place finish in the one-mile Saudi Derby Cup. Her British form doesn’t look good enough. Les Hogues, a Listed winner in France, makes her first start for George Baker. She came within a neck of landing a 7f French Group 3 but would be a surprise winner. The same applies to James Tate’s Princess Margaret Stakes winner Under The Stars. Having said that, she finished within two lengths of Love when fifth in the Moyglare and within a length of the winner when fourth in the Rockfel. She then beat 27 rivals in a big-money six-furlong Newmarket sales race.
Longshots Graceful Music, Romsey and Yes Always look out of their depth.
That leaves Mark Johnston’s Rose Of Kildare. She won five races at two including two at Group 3 level: Ayr’s Firth of Clyde and Newmarket’s Oh So Sharp Stakes. At 33-1 she could outrun her odds and has each-way claims.
As for the winner, ignore any O’Brien runner at your peril. Look for Love to reverse Fillies’ Mile form with Quadrilateral.