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Look Around worth a glance in a wide open Guineas

3 May 2019

This Sunday at Newmarket I’m on outsider Look Around in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas. I actually sat on her on Wednesday morning and she couldn’t be in better shape. She’s moving great, looks a million dollars. She didn’t have the greatest of runs last time in the Nell Gwyn, she jumped in the air out of the gate and I was further back than I wanted to be. She ran OK from there. This has been the plan for her all winter and we’re hopeful she can outrun her odds.

Of the market principles I was really taken by the way Qabala hit the line in the Nell Gwyn last month. She really pick up out of the dip to put the race away. She’s a big strapping filly, built almost like a colt. Roger Varian’s horses are going well at the minute which is a big plus also. I think it’s a huge opportunity for young David Egan on the big stage. I think she’ll go very well.

Aidan’s pair Fairyland and Just Wonderful are both bred to get the trip and are potential Investec Oaks fillies, so must hold every chance.

Both Qabala and John Oxx’s Skitter Scatter are by Scat Daddy who you think of as more of a sprint sire. However, if you look at US Triple Crown winner Justify, he ended up staying a mile and a half. So there’s no reason to say either of those won’t stay a mile.

Shailene is my ride in the opener and she looks great again having seen her do some pleasing work yesterday. She was highly tried last year but this is a much more realistic level for her.

I ride Spanish Angel in the Hot Streak Maiden Stakes who is a lovely horse. He often improves for a run, but he’s done a good piece of work on the grass at home. Whatever he does on Sunday he’s bound to improve from but he has quality.

Never Do Nothing is my mount in the finale, who has ran well at Newmarket. I should have made more of him if I’m honest. He’s a tough little horse, and he’s fairly handicapped.

Horse To Follow: Electric Ladyland, Wednesday 1.50 Chester

She’s 2/2 so far. Has plenty of size and is improving every week. She’ll have another run before Ascot.