2000 Guineas card: Mag-nificent win for Aidan?

The Guineas Yankee:

Magna Gracia, The 2000 Guineas, (1535 Newmarket),  1pt win, 5/1:

Plenty of angles here as ever, but whilst many of the trials have thrown up some intriguing contenders, it’ll probably pay to stick with the proven angle of Aidan O’Brien.  Ten Sovereigns is the pick of Ryan Moore and has been backed to favourite accordingly, but he has plenty to prove on the track and on breeding for the mile trip.  Stablemate Magna Gracia has drifted after seemingly being rejected by Moore, but his form is more convincing. French star colt Persian King won his last four 2yo runs in top company by 5l, 6l, a neck, and 6l – the neck was when just winning a battle with Magna.  That to us is the best form here, and proven at this trip he has drifted to an appealing price.  Kick On, and at a bigger price, Momkin, could be ones for each way players.

Al Muffrih, (1350 Newmarket), 7/2:  has seen very little racing but has shown some glimpses of what he could achieve.  Won first time out last year, and this may be the ideal time to catch him.  The booking of De Sousa looks like a vote of confidence and Haggadah rarely has them undercooked.

Equilateral, (1420 Newmarket), 8/1:  a mouthwatering dash in which 3yo Sergei Prokofiev will be hard to beat.  That aid there are a couple here that look nicely priced.  Judicial lost narrowly in this race last year and should go well, but we remain sure that Equilateral is better than he has shown so far and this fast 5f may unlock that potential.

Coronet, (1455 Newmarket), 2/1:  has been a regular at the business end of top class filly and mares races but steps into mixed company here for the first time since her third in the King George.  Won first time out last year, the stable is flying as always,  and although her official margin in hand is only 2lbs, it should still be enough.

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