Turf Talk: O’Brien saddles three mounts in hunt for ninth 2000 Guineas win

Trainer, Aidan O' Brien. PIC: Julian Herbert/PA Wire
Trainer, Aidan O' Brien. PIC: Julian Herbert/PA Wire
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Aidan O’Brien runs Gustav Klimt, Saxon Warrior and Murillo among a field of 14 as he goes in search of a ninth win in tomorrow’s Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.

The Ballydoyle handler has, however, decided not to send Dewhurst and Middle Park winner US Navy Flag.

Trainer, Mark Johnston. PIC: Simon Hulme

Trainer, Mark Johnston. PIC: Simon Hulme

He still holds an extremely strong hand as Gustav Klimt, a Group Two scorer last year, has already shown his well-being when winning a trial at Leopardstown. Saxon Warrior landed the Racing Post Trophy last season.

Even O’Brien’s perceived outsider of the three, Murillo, was only beaten half a length in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.

That race was won by Rajasinghe, who will be a first Classic runner for trainer Richard Spencer.

Mark Johnston’s regally-bred Elarqam, by Frankel out of Attraction, will aim to maintain his unbeaten record, while Tip To Win would be a fairytale winner for Roger Teal. James Garfield, winner of the Greenham Stakes, renews rivalry with the runner-up from that race, Expert Eye, but the third horse home that day, Hey Gaman, will wait for the French Guineas.

Trainer, William Haggas. PIC: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Trainer, William Haggas. PIC: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Headway will need to prove his stamina over a mile for William Haggas, while Masar, so impressive in the Craven Stakes, will try to prove he is as good as he looked that day.

The Johnston-trained Cardsharp, Nebo, Raid and Roaring Lion complete the field for the Classic.

l Yucatan will run in the Coolmore Camelot Irish EBF Mooresbridge Stakes at Naas on Monday.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained four-year-old showed top-class form as a two-year-old but his Classic campaign was interrupted by injury.

He returned to action behind stablemate Capri, whom he pushed close as a juvenile, in the Alleged Stakes at Naas last month.

“He’ll come on a good deal for that,” said Alan Cooper, racing manager for the Niarchos family.


DONCASTER: 5.15 George Bowen, 5.50 Broken Spear, 6.20 Night Castle, 6.50 Bertiewhittle, 7.20 Roussel, 7.50 Stanley, 8.20 Rayna’s World.

GOODWOOD: 1.35 Le Torrent, 2.05 Isabel De Urbina, 2.40 Donncha (next best), 3.15 Bahamian Sunrise, 3.50 Nyaleti, 4.25 Qaroun, 5.00 Honey Man, 5.35 Liva.

HEXHAM: 5.35 Newstart, 6.05 Wishfull Dreaming, 6.35 Or De Vassy, 7.05 Total Assets, 7.35 Greensalt, 8.05 Swashbuckle, 8.35 Ever So Much.

NEWMARKET: 1.50 Another Eclipse, 2.20 Havana Grey, 2.55 Defoe, 3.35 ELARQAM (NAP), 4.10 Chagatai, 4.45 Petrus, 5.20 Symbolization.

UTTOXETER: 2.10 Young Phoenix, 2.45 Flight To Milan, 3.20 Forth Bridge, 3.55 Beeves, 4.30 Drinks Interval, 5.05 The Boss’s Dream, 5.40 Irish Octave.

WETHERBY: 1.25 Paddy’s Rock, 1.55 Zatorius, 2.30 Rare Groove, 3.05 Humbert, 3.45 Castle Hill Cassie, 4.20 Fujaira Prince, 4.55 Saroog, 5.30 Archie Stevens.