Through The Card: Newmarket, Saturday April 30

It's 2000 Guineas day at Newmarket on Saturday
It's 2000 Guineas day at Newmarket on Saturday

Timeform take you through the card on 2000 Guineas Day at Newmarket.

"The Ifraaj filly will appreciate the step back up in trip today, having failed to fire over six furlongs at Salisbury in September, and the way she had previously won a July course handicap from a mark of 82 suggests that this 11 lb higher mark should be within her grasp."

14:00 - A tricky start to the card but Mutamakkin shaped with plenty of promise on his reappearance at the track 16 days ago and should appreciate the extra two furlongs this afternoon. He's joined on the shortlist by Master The World, who is proven in big-field handicaps and was second in the Cambridgeshire here in September, and Laurence, whose form tailed off at the end of 2015 but he rates better than his final two starts. Others to mention include the steadily progressive Arthenus and the potential Group horse Intimation.

14:30 - Charlie Hills rates Cotai Glory very highly (same breath as Magical Memory and Strath Burn) and he joins Waady in a two-pronged attack in a very open sprint. Cotai Glory signed off last season by beating Kingsgate Native in a listed race at Doncaster and has already won at Group level, having won the Molecombe as a two-year-old. Waady is unbeaten in five starts over the minimum trip and is another four-year-old to respect, though it's worth noting that older horses have a good record in the race. Sole Power is back for another crack, as he seeks a third win after victories in 2013 and 2014, while the aforementioned Kingsgate Native has been placed in each of the last three renewals.

15:05 - Hard to see past Jack Hobbs here. The Dante and Derby runner-up went on to taste Group 1 success in the Irish Derby and was far from disgraced when dropped back in trip in the Champion Stakes on his final start. Returned to a mile and a half, and unpenalised for his top level victory, he can start his season with a win. The forecast spot should be filled by fellow Group 1 winner Simple Verse. She was first past the post in the St Leger, disqualified and then reinstated, but followed that eventful couple of weeks with another Group 1 win at Ascot. She stays well, so may look to try and dictate from the front. Over this trip, the progressive Star Storm and Exosphere may fare better than the strong stayers Big Orange and Agent Murphy.

15:45 - Whilst the application of a tongue tie may raise a few eyebrows, Air Force Blue has to lead any staking plan. Aidan O'Brien is looking for an eighth win in the race and his emphatic Dewhurst winner ticks many of the right boxes. Pat Smullen looks a good jockey booking for Marcel, however a bigger threat may be Massaat, Owen Burrows' maiden classic runner. Massaat's debut second at Sandown worked out very well and he was far from disgraced when running on for second behind Air Force Blue in October. A deluge of rain would aid Stormy Atlantic's chance, though he is worthy of respect regardless after his emphatic Craven win, whilst Herald The Dawn - a brother to the 2013 200 Guineas winner Dawn Approach - could outrun his big odds.

16:20 - Yattwee made a big impression when running away with a Southwell maiden in December and he can take this step up in class in his stride. Hope Cove was unfancied on his return earlier this month but ran well in fourth; that should have put him spot-on for this assignment and he also makes the shortlist. Though several others are open to lots of improvement, Venturous completes the three-strong shortlist as he drop in class. He was far from disgraced in the Middle Park Stakes when last seen and has won both of his starts under William Buick, who is back on board today.

16:55 - Cymric was poorly drawn when eighth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf when last seen and he can take advantage of this drop in class. John Gosden's charge, who will wear first-time cheekpieces, handles any ground and his second in a French Group 1 is easily the best form in this race. The once-raced winners Abdon and Sky Kingdom are respected, along with Tathqeef who looks a horse to follow this season after a promising reappearance earlier this month, but this looks a hot race.

17:30 - The Richard Hannon-trained pair Taqwaa and Bahaarah look the two to concentrate on here, with preference for the latter. The Ifraaj filly will appreciate the step back up in trip today, having failed to fire over six furlongs at Salisbury in September, and the way she had previously won a July course handicap from a mark of 82 suggests that this 11 lb higher mark should be within her grasp. Taqwaa, also by Ifraaj, didn't need to improve on his three previous promising maiden runs to get off the mark at Chepstow in August, but is open to lots of improvement. The emphatic all-weather winners Brave Hero and Tawakkol look the best of the rest.

Recommendations:

Back Bahaarah each-way in the 17:30

Placepot permutation:
14:00 - 1, 7, 10
14:30 - 5, 20
15:05 - 5
15:45 - 1, 9
16:20 - 2, 3, 10
16:55 - 3

= 36 lines

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