Frankel’s daughters lead QIPCO 1000 Guineas entries
8 Mar 2017
Defending champion Aidan O'Brien enters eight including Rhododendron
Fair Eva and Frankie Dettori land The Princess Margaret Juddmonte Stakes. 1000 Guineas glory next? Pic: racingfotos.com
Fair Eva, Queen Kindly and Icespire may represent him in the fillies’ Classic, won last year in great style by Minding, who went on to land three more Champions Series contests.
Aidan O’Brien, the trainer of Minding, has eight entered in the 1000 Guineas, including Rhododendron, the ante-post favourite, who beat stablemate Hydrangea (also entered) in the Dubai Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket in October.
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Meanwhile, Charlie Appleby has entered Wuheida, Grecian Light, Sobetsu and Fashion Theory, with the first-named, winner of the Prix Marcel Boussac at Chantilly in October, his No 1 candidate.
“Wuheida is going great and has strengthened up – she’s always been a lovely scopey filly and everything that you would like to see happen in terms of physical development has happened,” he said.
“Her preparation is all being geared towards the QIPCO 1000 Guineas and it has always been the plan for her to go straight there without a prep race as she is a very clean-winded, straightforward filly.
“The stiff mile at Newmarket will suit her. We have always thought that the further she goes the better she will go and in the longer term we see her as an Oaks filly.
“Grecian Light has stayed in England and has done a lot better than we could have imagined over the past few months. We will take in a trial with her and then see where we are.
“Sobetsu scoped dirty after her fifth in the Fillies’ Mile and is another one that is currently in Dubai.
“We toyed with running her out there but decided against it and she looks a million dollars at the moment. She needs to redeem herself and will be pointed towards a trial.
“Fashion Theory is still a maiden and has the highest mountain to climb to get to the Guineas. But she has done particularly well through the winter and if she were to post an impressive maiden win it could put her in the picture.”
The 57 entries for the Group 1 QIPCO 1000 Guineas on Sunday, 7th May, are:
Alrahma (GB), Aneen (IRE), Asking (IRE), Astronomy’s Choice (GB), Bean Feasa (GB), Bletchley (GB), Brave Anna (USA), Cashla Bay (GB), Castleacre (GB), Cavale Doree (FR), Ce La Vie (GB), Choumicha (GB), Considered Opinion (GB), Cristal Fizz (IRE), Daban (IRE), Dabyah (IRE), Dame du Roi (IRE), Double Lady (FR), Dream Start (GB), Dubai One (IRE), Eartha Kitt (GB), Ettisaal (GB), Extra Mile (GB), Fair Eva (GB), Fashion Theory (GB), Gorgeous Noora (IRE), Grecian Light (IRE), Hydrangea (IRE), Icespire (GB), Intricately (IRE), Isabel de Urbina (IRE), Jule In The Crown (GB), Kilmah (GB), La Figlia (IRE), Miss Infinity (IRE), Pichola Dance (IRE), Poet’s Vanity (GB), Promise To Be True (IRE), Promising (IRE), Queen Kindly (GB), Rain Goddess (IRE), Reachforthestars (IRE), Really Special (GB), Rehana (IRE), Rhododendron (IRE), Roly Poly (USA), Salamah (IRE), Sea of Grace (IRE), Senga (USA), Shutter Speed (GB), Sobetsu (GB), Spiritual Lady (GB), Talaayeb (GB), Unforgetable Filly (GB), Urban Fox (GB), Winter (IRE), Wuheida (GB)