The favourites for the 1,000 Guineas

With the dust settling on the Cheltenham Festival and the Grand National — two of the biggest events on the jump racing calendar, attention is now turning solely towards the flat season, and in turn the British Classic Races. 

These five events are the biggest and best that British flat racing has to offer, and it’s a dream of every jockey, trainer and owner to land a winner in one of them. Comprised of the 1,000 Guineas, 2,000 Guineas, Epsom Oaks, Epsom Derby and St. Leger Stakes, the Classics are run over the course of spring and summer and attract plenty of attention in the live racing betting.

The first Classics of the year are nearly upon us, with the 1,000 Guineas and 2,000 Guineas taking place at Newmarket at the end of this month. The only difference between the one-mile races is that the 1,000 Guineas is reserved strictly for fillies. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the top contenders to emulate the achievements of Mother Earth and Frankie Dettori last year. 

Tenebrism

Top of the pile as far as the current odds are concerned is Tenebrism, trained by Aidan O’Brien. The Irish handler has won three consecutive editions of the 1,000 Guineas, and it’s no surprise to see one of his horse’s leading the betting.

Tenebrism only has two outings to her name, but they have both resulted in impressive victories, winning at Naas last March and then at Newmarket in September. Returning to Newmarket for the bjg one, it’ll be interesting to see how Tenebrism handles the occasion. 

Homeless Songs

With a sensational return to form at Leopardstown earlier this month, Homeless Songs has jumped into a strong position in the market, and at odds of 11/2 is being tipped to push Tenebrism close. Trained by Dermot Weld, the win in the 1,000 Guineas Trial Stakes has given an indication that Homeless Songs has what it takes to win the one-miler.

That win has helped make up for a disappointing end to 2021, where she suffered successive defeats at the Curragh and Leopardstown respectively, and this year Homeless Songs looks like a filly reborn.

Tuesday

Another Aidan O’Brien-trained horse gunning for glory in the 1,000 Guineas is Tuesday. She only has two races to her name, but a victory at Naas at the end of March has led many to believe that she has what it takes to offer a strong showing at Newmarket.

It will be the first time Tuesday has raced outside Ireland, but the O’Brien factor can’t be underestimated. The Irishman has a knack of squeezing the absolute maximum potential from all of his horses.  

Discoveries

One horse hoping to discover her best form at Newmarket is Discoveries. Another Irish-trained filly, this time trained by Jessica Harrington, Discoveries has a mixed bag of results to her name, but with a couple of wins at the Curragh last year, there’s every chance she can bring some quality to the 1,000 Guineas. 

It might take one or two of the top favourites to underperform for Discoveries to have a chance, but you can’t rule anything out!

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