Music Show poised to strike right note in 1000 Guineas

MALE and female, the Classic generation’s milers are the most difficult groups to get a handle on and it’s not certain that this weekend’s Guineas at the Curragh will make the picture all that much clearer. In today’s colts’ Classic, the talent is all at the top of the market but there are enough doubts about Canford Cliffs’ stamina and Steinbeck’s readiness to advise a watching brief.

The ladies get their day in the sun tomorrow in what could be a vintage renewal of the Irish 1000 Guineas and it makes much more appeal from a punting perspective. In a very open market, Music Show tops the list thanks to her Nell Gwyn victory and the belief that was performed far better than her finishing position suggests when sixth in the Newmarket 1000 Guineas.

On the latter occasion she came off the bridle quite early but it can be assumed that that was due to her jockey’s realisation that she and all those racing on the far side of the track were trailing the stand’s side group by some distance. In leading her group home, she was beaten six and a half lengths in all but the performance warrants much merit for numerous reasons.

Firstly, she was racing on ground that had been disadvantaged by rainfall and, secondly, she fended off the persistent challenge of current Epsom Oaks favourite Rumoush. There had been some doubts surrounding the filly’s ability to get a mile but she put those to rest with a determined display and should be ideally suited to this wide open track and fast ground.

It’s hard to be sure just how strongly the form of the race was franked when the promoted winner at Newmarket, Special Duty, was also awarded the French Guineas in the stewards’ room. Gile Na Greine was the subject of some very interesting each-way money when finishing a close third behind Special Duty at Newmarket and she takes her place as a live contender once more.

She hasn’t raced on ground as fast as she'll face tomorrow but there’s no reason to expect that she’ll be really inconvenienced. She has her chance but it’s difficult not to take the opinion that she had the run of the race when touched off at Newmarket and may struggle to confirm the form with Music Show.

Tommy Stack’s Lolly For Dolly was unraced as a two-year-old but she’s been quick to make an impression this season. She followed up an easy maiden success with an impressive display of speed to see off far more experienced rivals in the Group 3 Athasi Stakes here last time out. There was much to like about that performance but this is another sizable step up in trip and she may not be seen to best effect on fast ground.

Kevin Prendergast’s Termagant was limited to just two outings last season but she accounted for some very decent fillies on both occasions. Her victory in the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes may not have been lauded as much as was merited for the reason that it was run on heavy ground and the principals, Lillie Langtry and Long Lashes, were deemed to have underperformed. However, that shouldn’t detract from her status as a tremendously exciting prospect. It’s not her ability but rather her nine-month absence that casts the cloud over her bid for glory.

Dermot Weld’s Bethrah is capable of a bold show but there’s no shortage of Group 1 form in this race and she needs to make a sizeable leap forward. Anna Salai is held in high regard and it’s most interesting that the Racing Post reports that the ex-French trained filly to have ‘quickened brilliantly’ to shed her maiden status in a Group 3 at Longchamp last time out.

In victory she left Rosanara, who was unlucky not to win last Sunday’s French Guineas, well in her wake. That success prompted her transfer from Andre Fabre’s academy to mainstream Godolphin and she is very much feared and respected today. However, it’s clear that Mick Channon’s Music Show didn’t get a fair crack of the whip from a disadvantaged draw at Newmarket and, at odds of around 9-2, she appeals as a decent bet to put the record straight here.

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