2011 Form Guide

2000 Guineas Form Guide 2011

2011 Form Guide

A fully assessed form guide featuring the top contenders in the 2000 Guineas odds for the big race at Newmarket. Punters are well advised to study the form of each of the favourites before making their bet on the race and all of the leading contenders are featured.

Frankel

There is a very little to say about Frankel that has not already been said and the Henry Cecil horse will go to the 2000 Guineas as the massive odds-on favourite to win. He had a perfect season as a juvenile. Perhaps his best performance in 2010 was his comfortable win in the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket back in October when he dispatched the likes of Roderic O'Connor and Dream Ahead with some ease. He won his prep race at Newbury in the Greenham Stakes recently as well so we know he has improved in his Classic season and on form he is the one to beat.

Pathfork

The Jessica Harrington horse looks to be by far the strongest challenger from Ireland heading to Newmarket and all the reports from the yard are that he is flying ahead of the race. He was unbeaten last season winning all three races including a win over Godolphin Derby hope Casamento who has since won the Racing Post Trophy to frank the impressive form for Pathfork. We have not seen him run this season and will to to Newmarket fresh making him an unknown quantity as a three-year old, if he has progressed as hoped he will be a major player.

Native Khan

Ed Dunlop has an interesting 2000 Guineas runner this season in Native Khan who unlike many of the entries has a good piece of form to his name already this season. Ridden by Kieren Fallon, Native Khan won the Craven Stakes over course and distance at Newmarket recently and it was hard not to be impressed with the style of his win. There are one or two doubts about the quality of the field that day with Libranno back in second but he has to be respected and clearly acts on good to firm which could be the case on Guineas day.

Roderic O'Connor

Aidan O'Brien of course will have a strong challenge across all the Classics in the UK and Ireland this season and in Roderic O'Connor he has a very nice type heading to Newmarket and the 2000 Guineas. He had a great season in 2010 with perhaps his best form coming in the Dewhurst Stakes when only beaten just over 2 lengths by 2000 Guineas hot pot Frankel at Newmarket. He followed that up with a good win in the Criterium International at Saint-Clod at the end of October and he beat a raft of good horses that day. Has something to find like most with Frankel but looks a top class type and would be no surprise to see him in the places at Newmarket, could prove good value.

Casamento

The hopes of Godolphin in the 2000 Guineas this weekend look to be relying on the exciting shoulders of Casamento who now seems certain to take his chance on the Rowley Mile. There are two bits of form from last season that look significant with the first being his close second place behind Pathfork in the Vincent O'Brien National at the Curragh over 7f on soft ground. He followed that up with a cracking win in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster at the end of the season, that was over a little further at 1 mile and on good ground for Mick Halford. The horse has since transferred to Godolphin for his Classic season and although some believe the Epsom Derby could be his main aim, he looks to have plenty of speed and could run well in the Guineas.

Fury

Johnny Murtagh has been booked by William Haggas to ride Fury in the 2000 Guineas on Saturday and he is an interesting runner with an unbeaten record to his name. He won two races at the back end of last season including the Tattersalls Millions at Newmarket at the start of October. That was a win over 7f on soft ground so he should have no problem with the mile on offer back at Newmarket, that was a nice success and at this stage he is somewhat of an unknown quantity at this level.