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1000 Guineas preview

No volunteers to take on this preview so looks like it's my turn! Can only knock up a short one though.

3.15 1000 Guineas

Wonder filly Maybe is the obvious favourite, she's won five from five, progressing from Group 3 to Group 2 to the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes, all over 7f. By Galileo, a mile should be the least of her worries. Beat all-comers last season, some say she could even be the best of her age group, male or female. By that logic, she should be an even shorter price than the impressive Camelot today, but is she facing a classier bunch of rivals?

Mashoora is the highly-rated French raider to be ridden by Christophe Soumillon. Her win in the G3 Prix Impudence at Maisons-Laffite recently was simply arrogant. She has form through Elusive Kate last year, enough to label her a big chance here,

Moonstone Magic is the new filly on the scene, not having raced as a 2yo but has bolted in her two starts this season at Leicester and Newbury. Still improving and none of her rivals will be fitter on the day.

Lyric of Light took out the G1 Shadwell Fillies' Mile last year, and also accounted for one of today's rivals, Diala, at her first start. Trainer Al Zarooni had an exceptional debut year and is expected to keep going in 2012. He also runs the undefeated Discourse, another filly by Street Cry.

The remaining runner below 20/1 in the overnight market is the William Haggas-trained Diala, whose best effort was thrashing a maiden field at Newmarket in October. This is a big step up, not having met a Pattern field before, but based on her debut second to Lyric of Light, she can't be discounted.

These aren't the only chances by any means but the leading chances in a quality field of fillies.

Selections:
I'd rather be on Mashoora at 7/1 than Maybe at 6/4, and can see that pair fighting out the finish.

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Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes
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