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Friday 13 April 2018

Clemmie Primed for Newmarket 1000 Guineas Success

With the turn of the new Flat turf season, punters are eyeing up the top-class racing that comes hard and fast this time of year.

The 1000 Guineas is one of two early Classics racing over 1 mile on the Rowley Mile. Open to three-year-old fillies, it's a race with a long history dating back to 1814 when Charlotte won for trainer Tom Perren.

The second of five Classic and part of the elusive Triple Crown. The last filly to achieve this mantle being Oh So Sharp in 1985, trained by Henry Cecil.

In the last two years, one trainer has proven a real powerhouse. Aidan O'Brien is no stranger to success when it comes to winning high-profile races. Minding Proved a class filly winning this Classic in 2016. While Winter stayed on strongly to deprive their first string Rhododendron who played second fiddle at odds of 5/4f.

So who will prove victorious for the 2018 (3:35) Newmarket 1000 Guineas on the 6th May?

At this early declaration stage there are 64 entrants. O'Brien has no less than 16 fillies entered. This will be reduced come the big day.

Taking a look at the major hope in the betting, Clemmie is strongly fancied at 3/1 with most bookies such as those featured here. This bay daughter of the imperious Galileo is out of an unraced mare called Meow. Clemmie raced five times at two.

She was beaten into third place on debut at the Curragh when ridden by Ryan Moore.

Next start saw this February foal head to Royal Ascot to contest the Albany Stakes (Group 3). A finishing position of 7th looked disappointing although only beaten less than five lengths.

Owners Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Mrs John Magnier started to feel more positive in her next three start.

Returning to the Curragh, Clemmie was ridden clear in the final 100 yards to score at 6/4f.

Her final two-year-old victories – both at Newmarket – detailed a very talented individual.

Taking the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2) staying on strongly to beat Mark Johnston's Nyaleti. However, the final contest proved a cherry on the cake. Priced 15/8f for the Juddmonte Cheveley park Stakes (Group 1) she asserted in the closing stages in familiar fashion to win by one-and-three-quarter lengths. The Cheveley Park Stakes is often a pointer to winner the 1000 Guineas. The first being Pretty Polly in 1903-04 and most recent being Special Duty in 2009-10.

Clemmie will be primed for the big day and the combination of O'Brien, Ryan Moore and respected connection will be enough to keep most punters smiling.

History of the 1000 Guineas

Dating back to 1814, the 100 Guineas was established by Sir Charles Bunbury, who founded the Epsom Derby. Open to three-year-old fillies, the race takes place on the Rowley Mile, Newmarket. It's part of the Triple Crown which consists of the 1000 Guineas, Oaks & St Leger. The last horse to achieve this was Oh So Sharp in 1985, trained by Henry Cecil. Historically, the leading jockey with seven wins is George Fordham (Mayonaise 1859 – Hauteur 1883). Leading trainer Robert Robson (Corinne 1818 – Arab 1827). Mayonaise was the easiest winner by 20 lengths. The shortest winning odds so Crucifix (1840) win at 1/10f. While 1825 had the novel happening of a walkover with one entrant called Tontine. Yan Moore has proven the best jockey winning three of the last six races.

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