The first Classic of the season, the 2000 Guineas, is today’s highlight. Favourite Churchill has proven course Group 1 form. He’s too short a price for our taste but equally he’s hard to oppose, and our search for value starts elsewhere on the card.
The Palace House Stakes at Newmarket (1420 BST) is the first major sprint race of the season. Profitable won this race last year and must be respected, as must Prix de L’Abbaye winner Marsha, but we think this could be destined for Ireland.
Washington DC did very well as a sprinter in his 3yo season, finishing with a fine closing second to Marsha. He has been on the go for a while, following a seventh in mud at Meydan, with an easy win in Ireland last time. Fighting fit, with a rapid 5f and stiff finish likely to suit his closing style, and with the great Ryan Moore on board, this looks ideal.
Over at Goodwood, a candidate for the alphabetically last horse in training can be first home in the 7f handicap (1440). Zwayyan was a lightly raced 3yo last year, winning at Lingfield and Haydock before nothing went right at Newmarket in September.
With another year under his belt, and under the care of handicap specialist William Haggis, he can be expected to continue his upward curve this season. A draw in stall five is a huge plus on this turning track, and he should be able to take a position in the box seat, just behind the leaders, before unleashing a winning thrust.
Washington DC, (1420 Newmarket), 7/1 generally available
Zwayyan (1440 Goodwood), 9/2 generally available
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