Clemmie heads betting for 2018 1000 Guineas following Cheveley Park Stakes victory

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Clemmie – 5-1 William Hill for 2018 1000 Guineas

This year’s Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket went to the Aidan O’Brien-trained Churchill, a son of the outstanding sire Galileo and out of the sprinting mare Maow. The colt’s full sister Clemmie, despite being beaten in her first two starts as a juvenile, was attempting to win for the third time following victories at the Curragh and Newmarket on her most recent outings stepping up to Group 1 company in the Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes at headquarters.

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Sent off the well-backed 15-8 favourite for the six furlong contest the mount of Ryan Moore was never far off the pace set by another Irish challenger in Treasuring and after taking the lead inside the last two furlongs never looked like being beaten, coming home a comfortable length and three quarters in front of French filly Different League, winner of Royal Ascot’s Albany Stakes back in June.

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Such was the authority shown by the Ballydoyle filly that bookmakers were quick to promote her into ante-post market leader for next year’s 1000 Guineas with William Hill the most generous, going 5-1 as opposed to Irish layer Paddy Power who are a full two points shorter at 3-1. Only time will tell if Clemmie can emulate her full brother next May but O’Brien indicated after the race that a trip to the Breeders’ Cup meeting at Del Mar in November could be next stop for the filly, saying: “ I think the lads will discuss it and see what they want to do. She would have the option of going to America if that’s what the lads wanted to do and she said she was happy to do that. A mile around there on nice ground should be no problem to her.”

The other Group 1 race on the card, the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes, also resulted in a victory for Ballydoyle with 10-1 chance U S Navy Flag beating 25-1 stablemate Fleet Review although this looked a far from vintage renewal of the race and it would come as a major surprise if the stable don’t have one or two better fancied Guineas contenders come next spring.

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