1000 Guineas 2017: Timeform's runner-by-runner guide

The 1000 Guineas is the feature race from Newmarket on Sunday
The 1000 Guineas is the feature race from Newmarket on Sunday

Timeform bring you their runner-by-runner guide to the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on Sunday.


"...most impressive when landing the Fillies' Mile over C&D last autumn and can provide Ryan Moore with a fourth win in this race since 2012..."

1000 Guineas
Newmarket
Sunday 7th May, 15:35

1. CE LA VIE (Tom Queally/Keith Dalgleish)
Catterick maiden winner on only start last year and improved on that when seventh against older fillies in Park Express Stakes at Naas on reappearance but flying too high here.

2. DABAN (Frankie Dettori/John Gosden)
Much improved from debut win at Kempton last year when beating more experienced rivals in Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket last month, responding well to beat Unforgetable Filly by ¾ length. Will stay another furlong and is of interest up in grade.

3. DREAM START (Josephine Gordon/John Ryan)
Failed by long chalk to live up to name when 66/1 for newcomers race at Craven meeting. Hopeless task in this company.

4. FAIR EVA (James Doyle/Roger Charlton)
Looked really promising winner of first two starts last year, including Princess Margaret Stakes at Ascot by 4 lengths from Kilmah. Bubble burst with odds-on defeats in Lowther Stakes at York (third to Queen Kindly) and Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket. By Frankel, but out of a Sprint Cup winner so needs to prove stamina .

5. HYDRANGEA (Paddy Beggy/Aidan O'Brien)
Only won minor event at the Curragh at two but beaten short head by Intricately in Moyglare Stud Stakes there and 2¼ lengths by Rhododendron in Fillies' Mile at Newmarket. Beat stable-companion Winter narrowly in 1000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown on reappearance and strong place claims on best form.

6. INTRICATELY (Donnacha O'Brien/Joseph O'Brien)
25/1 and career-best effort when turning round previous form with Hydrangea and Rhododendron for short-head win in muddling Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh in September. Below form at Breeders' Cup but shaped well when fourth to Hydrangea in 1000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown on return, though needs to step up on that.

7. KILMAH (Richard Kingscote/Mark Johnston)
Won Prestige Stakes at Goodwood last year but exposed as just useful. 25/1 when sixth to Daban in Nell Gwyn Stakes on reappearance and stiff task again here.

8. POET'S VANITY (David Probert/Andrew Balding)
Ten-length winner of a Salisbury maiden before following up in ordinary-looking Oh So Sharp Stakes at Newmarket on final start at two. Good third behind Daban and Unforgetable Filly in Nell Gwyn on return but plenty more required now.

9. QUEEN KINDLY (Gerald Mosse/Richard Fahey)
Three-time winner at two, notably when beating Roly Poly and Fair Eva by ¾ length and the same in Lowther Stakes at York. Keeping-on fifth to Dabyah in Fred Darling on reappearance didn't see her in best light, but stamina doubts remain over this trip.

10. RHODODENDRON (Ryan Moore/Aidan O'Brien)
Only third to Intricately and Hydrangea in muddling Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh (had beaten both in Debutante Stakes there time before) and relished extra furlong when beating Hydrangea again by over two lengths in Fillies' Mile, staying on strongly. Very much one to beat judged on that C&D win.

11. TALAAYEB (Jim Crowley/Owen Burrows)
Backed at long odds when successful in 7f maiden at Newmarket last September. Sure to improve and will be suited by further, though tall order to emulate dam's half-sister Ghanaati who won this (after two runs in maidens) in 2009.

12. UNFORTGETABLE FILLY (William Buick/Hugo Palmer)
Impressive winner of maiden at Lingfield at two and placed behind Urban Fox and (in Oh So Sharp Stakes) Poet's Vanity at Newmarket last two starts in 2016. Another good effort and looked ready for step up to mile when splitting Daban and Poet's Vanity in Nell Gwyn Stakes on return but winner has more potential.

13. URBAN FOX (Martin Harley/James Tate)
Useful at two, winning three times and making the frame in better company, including as rank outsider when over eight lengths third behind Rhododendron in Fillies' Mile. Beaten just over length behind Dabyah in Fred Darling on reappearance but stiffer task again here, even if return to a mile will suit.

14. WINTER (Wayne Lordan/Aidan O'Brien)
Off mark at third attempt in maiden at Dundalk last year for David Wachman and plenty of improvement when going down by head to Hydrangea on first start for Ballydoyle in 1000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown on return. Scopey daughter of Galileo who looks well worth another try at a mile.

Timeform 1000 Guineas 1-2-3

1. Rhododendron
2. Hydrangea
3. Daban

Timeform Analyst's Verdict:
Aidan O'Brien saddled the first 3 home in this last year and could dominate again courtesy of RHODODENDRON, Hydrangea and Winter. The first-named was most impressive when landing the Fillies' Mile over C&D last autumn and can provide Ryan Moore with a fourth win in this race since 2012. Nell Gwyn winner Daban is the one who could perhaps prevent another Ballydoyle clean sweep.

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