1000 Guineas 2016: Timeform's runner-by-runner guide

Aidan O'Brien has three runners in Sunday's 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, including Minding
Aidan O'Brien has three runners in Sunday's 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, including Minding

Timeform bring you their runner-by-runner guide to the 2016 renewal of the 1000 Guineas...


"Ballydoyle might have been her stable's long-term hope for this after beating MINDING last summer but it's hard to oppose the latter filly who improved past her later in the season..."

Alice Springs (Aidan O'Brien/Colm O'Donoghue) - Two wins from seven starts last year included sales race over 7f here. Limitations seemingly exposed against likes of Minding and Lumiere, though ended 2015 with second in Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. Not seen to anything like best effect having been left with plenty to do when only third to Jet Setting in Leopardstown 1000 Guineas Trial on return (stable's two 1000 Guineas winners were successful in same race beforehand).

Aljazzi (Marco Botti/Jim Crowley) - Authoritative winner of maiden here on debut last October by four and a half lengths. Late headway for fourth in rearranged Fred Darling at Chelmsford on return and remains capable of better with extra 1f in favour but needs big step forward to trouble some of these.

Ballydoyle (Aidan O'Brien/Seamie Heffernan) - Favourite when beating stablemate Minding with plenty in hand in Debutante Stakes at the Curragh in August. Latter turned the tables on slightly softer ground in the Moyglare there next time but Ballydoyle ended year with Group 1 win of her own in Prix Marcel Boussac at Longchamp (wore first-time tongue tie, on again here) by just over a length from Turret Rocks. Scope to do better this year, but stable's apparent second string for this race.

Blue Bayou (Brian Meehan/Jimmy Fortune) - Two wins last year included Sweet Solera Stakes on July course here (by half length from Fireglow), doing well in steadily-run race. Very close third to Illuminate in Duchess of Cambridge there time before and not seen to best effect when fifth to Minding in Moyglare Stud Stakes on final start. Bit to find on first try at 1m but still has potential.

Epsom Icon (Mick Channon/Charles Bishop) - Dual winner last term, including in listed event at Newbury when outsider of four. Ran up to best but only good enough for seventh in Nell Gwyn Stakes here on return and out of depth again.

Fireglow (Mark Johnston/James Doyle) - Won three times last year, including listed events at Sandown and over C&D. Signed off with four-length win over in latter race but found wanting in better company and exposed as just useful for all that she's a likeable type.

Illuminate (Richard Hannon/Pat Smullen) - Won her first three starts last year, including Albany at Royal Ascot and Duchess of Cambridge on July course here. Best effort came in defeat when half-length second to Lumiere in Cheveley Park after a break but bit to prove now after failing to see out 1m in Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf on final start. Missed intended return in Nell Gwyn when ground softened.

Jet Setting (Adrian Keatley/Shane Foley) - Was still a maiden after five starts at two, sold from Richard Hannon for 12,000 guineas before the last of them. Supplemented for this after making it two from two this year, both in heavy ground, winning maiden at Cork and Leopardstown 1000 Guineas Trial. Very much had run of race from front last time but far less likely to have things her own way here.

Lumiere (Mark Johnston/William Buick) - Won two of three starts at two, both at Newmarket. Impressive debut on July course and followed second in Lowther at York with battling half-length win over Illuminate (Lowther winner Besharah close third) in Cheveley Park Stakes on this track. Danger to Minding on form but raced only at 6f and likes to get on with it from the front, raising doubts about her seeing out 1m.

Midweek (Criquette Head-Maarek/Vincent Cheminaud) - Off mark at second attempt at two in heavy-ground maiden at Saint-Cloud. Plenty of improvement on return in Prix Imprudence at Maisons-Laffitte, making most before going down by three-quarters of a length to Spectre. Return to 1m will suit for stable that's won this several times in the past but those fillies had achieved more beforehand.

Minding (Aidan O'Brien/Ryan Moore) - Improved with each run to end last season as the best two-year-old filly in Europe, following a beating of stablemates Ballydoyle and Alice Springs in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh with a most impressive defeat of Nathra by four and a half lengths in the Fillies' Mile over C&D on her final start. Very much the one to beat on that evidence.

Mix And Mingle (Chris Wall/Ted Durcan) - Progressed at two to win last two starts in autumn, maiden at Lingfield and valuable fillies' nursery at Newmarket. Better again when just over two lengths fourth to Nathra in Nell Gwyn on reappearance, shaping as though run would bring her on. Will stay 1m.

Nathra (John Gosden/Frankie Dettori) - Won first two starts last year, both on soft ground, including minor event at Newbury by seven lengths. No match for impressive Minding in Fillies' Mile next time but clear of rest. Again showed effectiveness on soft ground when justifying favouritism on return in 7f Nell Gwyn Stakes here and place prospects have been helped by rain.

Robanne (William Knight/Silvestre de Sousa) - Made impressive debut at Salisbury last year before length-and-a-half third to First Victory in Oh So Sharp Stakes at Newmarket. Progressed again when finishing well for third behind Nathra in Nell Gwyn here on reappearance. Extra 1f will suit and on the up, though needs more to figure here.

Sharja Queen (Roger Varian/Andrea Atzeni) - No match for Lumiere on Newmarket debut last summer but landed odds in horrible conditions in maiden at Ffos Las following month. Held lofty entries but not seen out again and has since left Luca Cumani. Classy pedigree (dam half-sister to Dubawi) entitles her to be aiming high but huge amount of improvement required judged on bare form to date.

Turret Rocks (Jim Bolger/Kevin Manning) - Progressed from winning debut at Gowran and suited by return to 1m in autumn when winning May Hill Stakes at Doncaster and then good second to Ballydoyle in Prix Marcel Boussac. Shapes as though she'll be suited by further than this distance in time and raced only on good/good to firm ground at two.


Timeform's 1000 Guineas 1-2-3

1. Minding
2. Nathra
3. Ballydoyle


Timeform Analyst's Verdict:

Ballydoyle might have been her stable's long-term hope for this after beating MINDING last summer but it's hard to oppose the latter filly who improved past her later in the season and was most impressive in the Fillies' Mile here. Cheveley Park Stakes winner Lumiere is within striking distance of that pair on form but has stamina doubts and Fillies' Mile runner-up Nathra, who won the Nell Gwyn on here reappearance, makes more each-way appeal at current odds.


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