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Newmarket’s QIPCO 1000 Guineas trial looks red hot

16 Apr 2013

Sky Lantern heads 14 fascinating declarations for the Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes, the first big trial in the UK for the 200th running of the QIPCO 1000 Guineas on Sunday 5 May.

Hot Snap wins her maiden at Kempton Park last year. Can she emulate her half-sister, Midday, who was one of the stars of the QIPCO British Champions Series in 2011? Image courtesy of

The Richard Hannon-trained Sky Lantern heads a powerful line-up of 14 fillies in the Group 3 Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes on Newmarket’s Rowley Mile tomorrow (Wednesday), a key trial for the QIPCO 1000 Guineas back at Newmarket on Sunday 5 May.

Sky Lantern is the only filly in the 4.05pm race to carry a 3lb penalty as a result of her brilliant victory in the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh last September.

The opposition includes three fillies all placed at Group 1 level – the second and third in the Jaguar Cars Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket last autumn, Winning Express and Baileys Jubilee, and Sorella Bella, runner-up in the Gran Criterium at San Siro in Italy last October.

Another to take the eye is the Luca Cumani-trained Nargys, runner-up to QIPCO 1000 Guineas ante-post favourite, Just The Judge, in the Group 2 Rockfel Stakes on Dubai Future Champions Day last October.

Also declared are Waterway Run and Light Up My Life, first and second in the Group 3 Sakhee Oh So Sharp Stakes run over the Nell Gwyn course and distance last September, and Hot Snap, a half-sister to the brilliant Midday.

Hot Snap, trained by Sir Henry Cecil for Prince Khalid Abdulla, won her only start, an all-weather maiden at Kempton last September, and is highly regarded by her connections.

Lord Grimthorpe, Abdulla’s racing manager, said: “The is a fact-finding mission. We rate her, but this is a step up from a maiden.

“Henry is pleased with her. She’s a good type who has done very well over the winter.”

Ralph Beckett also has a positive bulletin on Waterway Run. The trainer said: “She is in very good form.

“She had a small blip three to four weeks ago – she had a temperature for a couple of days and missed some work – but she has done enough to show she’s ready to run.

“She is not a flashy worker, however, and will come on for the run.

“She came a long way in a short space of time last year and I hope that she will progress from two to three."

Another highlight on an eight-race card for day one of the Craven Meeting is the appearance of Andre Fabre’s unbeaten colt Intello in the ebm-papst Feilden Stakes at 4.40pm.

The Montaz Restaurant EBF Maiden is also packed full of interest at 5.15pm, as Frankel’s half-brother, Morpheus, makes his seasonal debut alongside stablemate Demonic.

Both are trained by Sir Henry Cecil and owned by Prince Khalid Abdulla. Lord Grimthorpe said: “Demonic and Morpheus are both progressive sorts and we are disappointed the race has not divided “

Stable jockey, Tom Queally, takes the rides on Demonic with Grimthorpe explaining: “Morpheus has taken more time to come to hand than Demonic.”