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Hooray for the QIPCO 1000 Guineas!?

29 Apr 2011

She carries the best form from last year into the QIPCO 1000 Guineas, but will Hooray have what it takes to give her trainer, Sir Mark Prescott, his first victory in a British Classic?

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She carries the best form from last year into the QIPCO 1000 Guineas, the second race in the QIPCO British Champions Series and the first in the Fillies & Mares category, but will Hooray have what it takes to give her trainer, Sir Mark Prescott, his first victory in a British Classic?

His concerns as to whether she has thrived over the winter since her brilliant win in the Cheveley Park Stakes last October are well documented, while there is also doubt as to whether her stamina will last out the one mile trip.  There will be no hiding places in Sunday’s fiercely competitive race, so the answer will be emphatically revealed.

Seb Sanders’ mount faces 18 rivals including the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Havant, who was unbeaten in two starts last year, French raider Moonlight Cloud, the Richard Hannon-trained Memory and Aidan O’Brien’s highly regarded Misty For Me.

The race looks to be wide open and promises a magnificent spectacle on the Rowley Mile, so make sure you go along if you possibly can.  Tickets, which start at £10, are still available and will be on sale at the gate.  All accompanied children aged under 18 are admitted free and there will be lots of rree activities to keep them occupied.

If you can’t make it, then catch all the action live on Channel 4 or the satellite subscription channel, Racing UK.  The QIPCO 1000 Guineas is due off at 3.15pm, but don’t miss all the build-up from 2pm.

QIPCO 1000 GUINEAS, 1 MILE, ROWLEY MILE, NEWMARKET, SUNDAY 1 MAY, 3.10PM

Horse Trainer Weight Jockey
1 (8) Barefoot Lady (IRE) Richard Fahey 9st 0lb Paul Hanagan
2 (16) Blue Bunting (USA) Mahmood Al Zarooni 9st 0lb Frankie Dettori
3 (10) Cape Dollar (IRE) Sir Michael Stoute 9st 0lb Richard Mullen
4 (14) Elshabakiya (IRE) Clive Brittain 9st 0lb Philip Robinson
5 (15) Empowering (IRE) Aidan O’Brien 9st 0lb Joseph O’Brien
6 (5) Havant Sir Michael Stoute 9st 0lb Ryan Moore
7 (13) Hooray Sir Mark Prescott Bt 9st 0lb Seb Sanders
8 (6) I Love Me Andrew Balding 9st 0lb Jimmy Fortune
9 (19) Immortal Verse (IRE) R. Collet 9st 0lb Christophe Lemaire
10 (17) Laughing Lashes (USA) Mrs J. Harrington 9st 0lb Fran Berry
11 (12) Make A Dance (USA) B. W. Hills 9st 0lb Michael Hills
12 (3) Maqaasid John Gosden 9st 0lb Richard Hills
13 (1) Memory (IRE) Richard Hannon 9st 0lb Richard Hughes
14 (2) Misty For Me (IRE) Aidan O’Brien 9st 0lb Pat Smullen
15 (9) Moonlight Cloud F. Head 9st 0lb Davy Bonilla
16 (7) Nova Hawk Rodolphe Collet 9st 0lb Stephane Pasquier
17 (11) Show Rainbow Mick Channon 9st 0lb Neil Callan
18 (18) The Shrew John Gosden 9st 0lb William Buick
19 (4) Together (IRE) Aidan O’Brien 9st 0lb Colm O’Donoghue