Atzeni sweet on Elm Park’s QIPCO 2000 Guineas chances
19 Mar 2015
Top Series rider Andrea Atzeni has warned that QIPCO 2000 Guineas contender Elm Park could out-run his 25/1 odds in the British Classic at Newmarket.
Elm Park on his way to a comfortable success in the Racing Post Trophy. Image courtesy of racingfotos.com.
Top Series rider Andrea Atzeni has warned that QIPCO 2000 Guineas contender Elm Park could out-run his 25/1 odds in the British Classic at Newmarket on Saturday 2 May.
A convincing winner of the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy, it is believed that the three-year-old will be more effective over distances further than a mile.
However, Atzeni is confident that the leading Investec Derby contender also possesses the speed needed to seriously challenge for the Rowley Mile Classic.
"I’ll probably have a sit on him, maybe just before the Guineas probably," the Italian jockey told At The Races.
"It’s still early days, I think he’s going straight to the Guineas, but it’s a bit early to be having a sit on him yet.
"He has more speed than people think, he’s got a high cruising speed. When he won the Racing Post Trophy he travelled really well and quickened well.
"He’ll stay further than a mile no problem this year so he could be a Derby contender."