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2020 1000 Guineas Tips – Outsider can Boom into contention if favs fail to fire

  • Quadrilateral bids to make it four-from-four in 1000 Guineas
  • Love flies the flag for Ballydoyle
  • 16/1 shot could ruffle a few feathers
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Three of the top five from last year's Fillies' Mile will take part in Sunday's 1000 Guineas. (Getty Images)

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The third and final day of the Guineas Festival in 2020 is headlined by the 1000 Guineas. This historic race has been won by many of flat racing’s finest fillies during it’s 200-year history, and several smart prospects will take to the Rowley Mile this weekend, with the hope of adding their names to the illustrious roll of honour.

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Leading the way in the market is Quadrilateral, who shot to the top of the 1000 Guineas betting at Newmarket in the autumn. Roger Charlton’s filly was backed into favouritism for the Fillies’ Mile, having romped to a seven-length victory on her second start at Newbury. Jason Watson’s mount looked a little outpaced going into the dip, but found plenty for pressure and managed to pip Powerful Breeze to the post.

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Raffle Prize12/1
Cloak Of Spirits12/1
So Wonderful20/1

Odds correct as of 2/6/20

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Powerful Breeze was my initial fancy for this Classic on the back of that run, but sadly, Hugo Palmer’s filly will miss the 1000 Guineas through injury. Love, who has managed to win the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh on her previous start, grabbed the third and final place that day at Newmarket, and she looks to be Ballydoyle’s top prospect in Sunday’s main event.

Peaceful will join her stablemate in the stalls at Newmarket, having won once and placed second to Born With Pride in her two starts over a mile last year. So Wonderful remained a maiden after her seven-start juvenile campaign, but she too has experience over the trip. Aidan O’Brien has trained the 1000 Guineas winner in three of the last four seasons, so each of his runners has to be greatly respected.

Quadrilateral (left) gets the better of Powerful Breeze and Love (right) in the Filles' Mile. (Getty Images)

Millisle and Raffle Prize fought out a thrilling finish in the Cheveley Park Stakes last year, with Jessica Harrington’s raider swooping late in the day to claim that prestigious Grade One prize. Neither have ever run over seven furlongs, let alone a mile, and there’s little in the breeding of either to suggest the step up to eight furlongs will come naturally.

Richard Hannon scored a surprise Classic triumph when Billesdon Brook lowered Laurens colours in 2018, and he holds Cloak Of Spirits in high regard. I, however, was put off by the way she finished off her race in the May Hill Stakes, hanging badly to her right and fading as Powerful Breeze powered home. Cloak Of Spirits was dropped back to seven furlongs following that disappointment. I’d have liked to have seen her have another crack at a mile, before coming back to Newmarket.

Although she’s by a former 2000 Guineas winner in Night Of Thunder, there are definite stamina questions next to Under The Star’s name. In-fact, there are few near the head of the market who you could say for sure will enjoy this testing, one mile trip.

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Seven of the last ten 1000 Guineas winners had taken in a prep-run before scooping Classic glory. Of the three who when arriving at Newmarket fresh, all three had run well over a mile as a juvenile, so I think experience over eight furlongs could be vital. Backing a front-runner could prove profitable too, as the likes of Millisle, Cloak Of Spirits and even Raffle Prize could be dropped in and nursed through the race, in the hope that they will see out the trip.

Along with Born With Pride, Love is my long-term fancy for the Oaks, but that doesn’t mean she can’t put in a bold bid on Sunday. That being said, I’m not sure whether she will be quick enough to reverse the form with QUADRILATERAL, who was so strong in the finish when scoring in the Fillies’ Mile. This powerful daughter of Frankel is sure to have matured over the winter and Jason Watson could easily be celebrating his first Classic victory come Sunday evening.

Although this looks a fairly weak renewal of the 1000 Guineas, I think there’s plenty of scope for an each-way punt too, and the only one who really whets my appetite is Tom Dascombe’s BOOMER.~

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Having finished fourth on debut at Haydock, Boomer made steady progress throughout the rest of her two-year-old campaign. Dascombe’s filly claimed victory in a maiden at Newbury, before holding off the fast-finishing Dark Lady to land the Prestige Stakes at Glorious Goodwood. Boomer then went down by just a length to Powerful Breeze in the May Hill Stakes, and was up there on the pace for much of the Fillies’ Mile, before fading back to fifth in the final half-furlong of that Grade One.

Kingman’s progeny often progress well between two and three. Boomer saw out a mile really well at Doncaster and the Grade One experience she gathered on the Rowley Mile during her losing effort in the Fillies’ Mile could prove invaluable. 

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Boomer (second right) follows Powerful Breeze home in the May Hill Stakes at Doncaster. (Getty Images)

2020 1000 Guineas FAQs

When will the 2020 1000 Guineas take place?

The Guineas are usually staged during the first weekend in May. However, the 2020 edition of the 1000 Guineas will be run on Sunday 7th June.

Which Aidan O'Brien horses are running in the 1000 Guineas?

Love looks to be O'Brien's first-string at Newmarket. Peaceful and So Wonderful also look set to appear.

Where can I watch the 1000 Guineas?

ITV and RacingTV will be airing the 1000 Guineas live. If you want to stream the race via your mobile or laptop, visit the Live Streaming section on our website.


Even at 5/2, I think there’s plenty of value still to be found in backing Quadrilateral to maintain her unbeaten record in Sunday’s 1000 Guineas.

My best bet in the race, however, has to be an each-way punt on Boomer, who looks overpriced in a race which seems to be lacking its usual depth.
2020 1000 Guineas Tips - Straight Win: Quadrilateral Win @3.50 at bet365 - 15 Units
2020 1000 Guineas Tips - Each-Way: Boomer Each-Way @17.00 at William Hill - 8 Units

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