2000 Guineas Shortlist
Masar – 140
Smart Performer. Masar showed his running in Dubai to be all wrong producing an impressive display in the Craven Stakes, defeating White Mocha by nine lengths. While that performance looks good enough to win a Guineas, he has to produce it again three weeks later and he does not have the profile of a champion three year old having suffered numerous reverses during his two year old season.
Expert Eye – 134
Very smart as a two year old. Produced a blistering performance in the Vintage Stakes at Goodwood before sweating up, running too freely and finishing lame in the Dewhurst. Again pulled too hard on his reappearance at Newbury and now has it all to prove. Like Masar does not have the profile of a champion three year old.
Gustav Klimt – 133++
Smart two year old. Suffered a troubled passage in the Superlative Stakes at Newmarket last July, coming right around the field in good style to win by a head from Nebo. Not seen until April where defeating the smart Imaging at Leopardstown with a bit in hand. Open to improvement and a definite contender.
Saxon Warrior – 133++
Top Class two year old. Won the Racing Post Trophy on his third start beating Roaring Lion, rallying to win by a neck. The form has taken a couple of knocks of late and he did shape as though middle distances will suit as a three year old. Open to improvement and should be finishing strongly.
Elarqam – 127+++
Smart two year old. Won the Group Three Tattersalls Stakes at Newmarket last September by two and a quarter lengths from Tip Two Win, easing down after running green. Open to significant improvement and could be anything.
Masar bids to emulate Haafhd by doing the Craven-Guineas double and as impressive as his performance was in the Craven, he does not strike you as a champion in waiting and it will be a fair demand to reproduce that effort only three weeks later. Similarly Expert Eye does not cut the figure of a top class three year old that his Vintage Stakes win at Goodwood had promised. Gustav Klimt, despite his long absence from a racecourse between July and April, is clearly talented and is the leading contender @ 5/2 following his cosy victory at Leopardstown while stablemate Saxon Warrior looked every bit a middle distance type in the Racing Post Trophy and may well find the Rowley Mile on the sharp side, but has to be under serious consideration for the Derby. Elarqam ran green when winning a group three at Newmarket from the decent Tip Two Win last backend and there looks be plenty more to come from Mark Johnston’s three year old. By Frankel out of 1000 Guineas winner Attraction, he clearly has the pedigree to win this and at current prices, looks the value @ 6/1.