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Horse Racing | Guineas Festival | Preview and Odds

The fantastic racing action just keeps coming. While the National Hunt season has drawn to a close in the UK, the Flat is well underway and we’ve got the pleasure of the first two Classics of the season this weekend.

Both the 2000 Guineas and 1000 Guineas often set the scene for how the rest of the season pans out and it will be fascinating to see which of the three-year-olds can get their noses in front this year.

Here are the best bets to look out for both Newmarket races from our horse racing expert.

2000 Guineas

When trying to figure out the winner of the 2000 Guineas, you usually don’t go far wrong with Aidan O’Brien. The master of Ballydoyle is looking for an incredible 10th win in the race and he looks set to have the first two in the betting in Ten Sovereigns and Magna Grecia this time around.

Ten Sovereigns heads the market at 10/3 and having won all three of his career starts, he looks to have the potential to be a future star. However, all of those wins have come over six furlongs and whether he’ll stay the extra two is taken on trust. If he does then he’ll take plenty of beating, but he’s short enough in the betting and I’m going to take him on.

Kevin Prendergast last won the race 42 years ago with Nebbiolo and I fancy his Madhmoon to end the long wait for a second Guineas winner. He was a winner on both of his starts as a two-year-old, but was beaten on his seasonal reappearance at Leopardstown last month.

Conditions weren’t in his favour that day and he looked as if he badly needed the run, so back on a better surface and up in trip, I’m confident he’ll go close. He looks worthy of strong each-way support at 7/1.

1000 Guineas

While I must admit I’m on Qabala at fancy prices, the closer I get to the race, the more confident I am that she’ll win. You had to be impressed with the way she won the Nell Gwyn at Newmarket on her seasonal reappearance and providing she handles the extra furlong, she’s going to be very hard to beat.

Granted, the 3/1 about her now is pretty skinny, but I really don’t see anything laying a glove on her and expect her to take this contest in her stride.

If you’re looking for a bit of value against her, I wouldn’t put anyone off Angel’s Hideaway at 28/1. John Gosden’s runner fell out of the stalls in the Nell Gwyn and ran on very strongly to finish third. Providing she gets a better start, she could easily outrun her odds.

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