A Review Of Newmarket’s Craven Meeting Masar At Top Price 11-2 For 2000 Guineas Following Craven Romp

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Masar – 11-2 with Betfair Sportsbook ( 3.35pm Newmarket Saturday 5th May )

The last horse to complete the Craven-Guineas double was the Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned Haafhd back in 2004.


The Richard Hills-ridden son of Alhaarth made all to win the Classic trial by five lengths before going on to beat Snow Ridge, Azamour and Grey Swallow in the UltimateBet.com 2000 Guineas and it would be no surprise to see Godolphin’s Masar follow suit after William Buick’s mount spreadeagled his five rivals in the bet365 Group 3 Craven Stakes last week.

The New Approach colt went into the one mile contest with the benefit of a run in Dubai behind him last month when beaten forty one lengths on the Dirt surface but showed that performance to be all wrong when coming home by a long-looking nine lengths from White Mocha and 8-13 favourite Roaring Lion at headquarters.


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The big question mark over Masar’s victory concerns the race-fitness of the third horse home who set the standard on his two-year-old form having finished a neck second to leading juvenile Saxon Warrior in Doncaster’s Racing Post Trophy. It may be that the Charlie Appleby-trained colt was flattered by his large margin win but at a best price 11-2 with Betfair Sportsbook for the first Classic of the season, bookmakers are taking no chances.


Wednesday’s fillies’ trial – the Nell Gwyn Stakes – went to the same combination of Appleby and Buick, this time with Soliloquy, a daughter of influential sire Dubawi. The winner of a one mile Novice Stakes at Ascot last September only had to be pushed out to beat Altyn Orda in the race won by 1000 Guineas heroine Speciosa in 2006, earning a top quote of 12-1 with Paddy Power and Boylesports for the Classic on Sunday 6th May although the filly will need to be supplemented.

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