Can you believe the Guineas are on this weekend? How fast did that come around! For the jockeys this meeting is when the season really gets underway, they will now all be flat out now until September at the earliest.
QIPCO gave a fascinating insight to the Guineas by using Ryan Moore riding the course and distance with a head camera on. Have a gander (it’s on the Champions Series twitter feed.)
I have been asked to do a similar thing for the Darley July Cup and the Coolmore Nunthorpe. I hope to pull it off as well as Ryan did.
I doubt very much that Ryan would want to be on anything else in the 2000 Guineas. What I love about Aidan O’Brian are his pre and post race chats, he always seems very open and informative. After quoting that Air Force Blue was very special and something he had never had before, I think we all got a bit excited. The application of a tongue-tie is no big deal; he runs a lot of horses in them, they basically stop the horse from getting their tongues over the bit, which helps with their breathing and the jockey also has better control.
The more lightly raced colt of the field, Marcel, has been overlook slightly.
1: Because Foundation was the talk of the race when he won the Racing Post Trophy. Foundation had no luck in running, but that did happen three furlongs out and was no guaranteed winner.
2: Because Peter Chapple-Hyam has not made a song and dance about Marcel which is not out of character. He lets his horses do the talking….