Two major races for us this afternoon both dominated by horses from the major Irish yards. As I have touched on previously, the power of such stables has been contentious in Ireland in recent years and is now starting to have a similar effect in Britain.
3.45 Newmarket 2000 Guineas Stakes (Group 1)
Air Force Blue chance is reflected in his price and offers little value. The Dewhurst winner is a general 8/11. First time tongue-tie.
The form of Marcel’s Racing Post Trophy win is solid. Ease in the ground is fine and I would expect him to go well. At a best price 11/1 he looks a decent each way prospect.
3.50 Punchestown Mares Champion Hurdle (Grade 1)
Limini is short in the market on the form achieved. Raced keenly at Aintree last time and that exertion told in the final stages.
As we continue to witness, the Mullins’ horses can improve significantly, but I would be wary of taking short odds about Limini. Gets a general 11/10 quote from the layers, I go 9/4 the field. Jennies Jewel is now a non-runner.