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2020 Guineas Festival Day Two Tips – Tips for every race on 2000 Guineas day

  • Pinatubo attempts to win his first Classic in the 2000 Guineas
  • Our best bet of the day runs in the Group Two Dahlia Stakes
2000 Guineas
A view of the runners in the 2000 Guineas (Getty Images)

We take a look through the full card on day two of the 2020 Guineas Festival and provide our tips for every race at Newmarket on Saturday 7th June.

Saturday’s card at Newmarket is headlined by the 2000 Guineas, where Pinatubo will bid to continue his astonishing unbeaten run. Around the Classic feature, we have plenty of other big races to sink out teeth into, so let’s get stuck into some through the card tips!

Guineas Festival Day Two Tips


Race One – Betfair Exchange Handicap


Stone Of Destiny E/W1:15pm Win Bigger On The Betfair Exchange Handicap (Class 2) 5fGET 7/1 HERE
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It’s hard to figure out where the early pace is going to come from here, with likely front-runners, Copper Knight and Leodis Dream drawn on opposite sides of the track. Drawn handily, just two stalls outside of Leodis Dream is STONE OF DESTINY, and I’m prepared to take a punt on Andrew Balding’s runner.

Having been pushed right up to 109 following that flying fourth-place finish in the 2018 Commonwealth Cup, Stone Of Destiny has had to bide his time as he’s steadily dropped down the handicap. Balding’s charge was rated 97 when he got his nose over the line first in the five furlong dash at the Shergar Cup, and that’s the mark he’ll carry into battle today. Balding’s horses have been flying since racing recommenced and Stone Of Destiny holds plenty of each-way appeal sitting on 9/1.

Race Two – Palace House Stakes


Shades Of Blue E/W1:50pm Betfair Supports Racing Welfare Palace House Stakes (Group 3) 5fGET 15/2 HERE
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Major Jumbo loves to be out in front, but the draw has done Kevin Ryan’s sprinter no favours, placing him in stall one along the stands’ side rail. I can see Ornate and Hareem Queen taking the field along down the centre of the track, and one who could be well placed to pounce is SHADES OF BLUE.

Clive Cox can count himself extremely unlucky to have not won a big prize pot with this filly. Although Shades Of Blue has won a Listed race, she’s lost out by less than half-a-length in the Queen Mary Stakes, the Summer Stakes and another Group Three out in Longchamp in September, where she was went down by a short-neck to future Abbaye winner, Glass Slippers.

Adam Kirby’s mount has produced fine performances on all kinds of ground, and the fact she stays six furlongs comfortably will come in handy on the uphill run to the line on the Rowley Mile. Again, Shades Of Blue looks a solid each-way contender.


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Terebellum powers to victory on debut at Goodwood. (Getty Images)

Race Three – Dahlia Fillies’ Stakes


Terebellum2:25pm Betfair Dahlia Fillies' Stakes (Group 2) 1m2fGET 7/4 HERE
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John Gosden again proved last season, to anyone who needed further evidence, that he was a master when it came to handling fillies, and I feel TEREBELLUM is going to take some stopping on Saturday afternoon.

This daughter of Sea The Stars only made her racecourse debut last season, marking herself down as a filly to follow with a smart five length success at Goodwood. Terebellum then made up for a limp showing in the Abingdon Stakes with a supreme performance in the Prix de la Nonette, flying home from the rear to claim a maiden Group Two by a comfortable two-length margin.

Terebellum couldn’t repeat that feat in the Prix de l’Opera during the Arc Festival, but she was only beaten less than two lengths back in fifth. Godolphin moved quickly to purchase Gosden’s four-year-old during the off-season, signalling that there’s much more to come from Terebellum. Although she’s thrived on slower ground, there’s plenty in her breeding to suggest she will cope with a quicker surface just fine.

Race Four – Newmarket Stakes


Many will see this is a penalty kick for Waldkonig, who looked a potential star when powering to victory on his only career start at Wolverhampton in December. I, however, will be keen to see if John Gosden’s inexperienced sort can build on that performance, so I’m going to side with VOLKAN STAR to lowered the market leader’s colours.

Charlie Appleby’s charge first caught the eye at Glorious Goodwood, wheeling away from two subsequent winners to seal a six-length victory in a maiden. Volkan Star then took his chance in the Flying Zetland Stakes here at Newmarket, and seemed to be going nicely at the half-way stage. Sadly, William Buick’s mount could muster no response as Max Vega set sail for home, and the soft ground clearly took it’s toll in the closing stages.

Volkan Star is amongst the most experienced runners in this Listed race and his form stacks up pretty nicely. Sea The Stars progeny often progress well between two and three, and I feel Appleby’s charge has been dangerously overlooked in the betting.

Race Five – 2000 Guineas Tips


Read my full preview of the 2020 2000 Guineas to find out which of Aidan O’Brien’s squad I fancy will run well at a tempting each-way price.

Race Six - Betfair Exchange Handicap 


Exec Chef E/W4:10pm Best Odds On The Betfair Exchange Handicap (Class 3) 1mGET 9/1 HERE
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The handicapper has finally given EXEC CHEF the opportunity to claim an overdue victory, and Jim Boyle will be delighted with a centre-of-the-track draw down the Rowley Mile. Exec Chef paid for his consistency during the first half of 2019, with a run of placed efforts in lucrative handicaps forcing his rating up to a career-high mark of 98.

Results faded during the autumn, but that means Boyle’s five-year-old enters the fray here with a rating of just 88 – an excellent mark when you consider Exec Chef recorded RPRs in excess of 100 in five of his first six starts last term. Pat Cosgrave was in the saddle when Exec Chef ran a blinder to finish a one-length fourth in the Spring Cup Handicap on the Rowley Mile last term, so I have no fears as to how he will handle the track.

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Qaysar scoring at Kempton in 2018. (Getty Images)

Race Seven – Betfair Handicap


Qaysar4:45pm Betfair Racing Only Bettor Podcast Handicap (Class 2) 7fGET 9/2 HERE
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When last seen, Nahaarr was backed into 11/10 favouritism for a handicap on the July Course, with many expecting William Haggas’ colt to stretch his unbeaten record into a fifth race. It was, however, QAYSAR who came through with a withering run to claim victory that day and I fancy Richard Hannon’s charge can put the favourite in his place once again.

Following that triumph, Qaysar went on to win two further handicaps last season, clocking a fantastic RPR of 110 when winning at Doncaster on his penultimate start. Qaysar beat Nahaarr by three lengths when giving his rival eleven pounds back in August. The gap between the two is now only one-pound wider - despite Qaysar sitting ten pounds higher in the weights - so Nahaarr clearly has a tough job on his hands trying to turn the tables.

Race Eight - Betfair Handicap


Huraiz E/W5:20pm Ryan Moore Columns On Betting.Betfair Handicap (Class 2) 6fGET 11/1 HERE
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Another tricky handicap to unravel, but I’m going to take an each-way chance on HURAIZ, for Jim Crowley and Mark Johnston. Having won his first two juvenile starts, Huraiz then placed in Sirenia Stakes at Kempton, and finished a decent fourth in the Rockingham Stakes at York.

Although he was only beaten three-lengths in that Listed contest, the handicapper has dropped Huraiz’s rating by five pounds, leaving him shouldering just 9-3 on his handicap debut. Johnston’s charge beat the talented Electrical Storm here at Newmarket – albeit on the July Course - on his second start, and this son of top Aussie sprinter Sepoy is sure to relish the quicker ground conditions.

Race Nine - Betfair Exchange Handicap 


A fairly straight-forward way to end this bumper card. ROCK EAGLE clearly has plenty going for him here, and Ralph Beckett could be ending 2000 Guineas day on a winning note.

Rock Eagle’s impressive three-year-old campaign culminated in a hard-fought triumph in the 2018 Old Rowley Cup here at Newmarket. Beckett’s charge only appeared once in 2019, but still performed to a very high level when finishing fourth in a high-quality renewal of the Listed Tapster Stakes. Rock Eagle ran up to an RPR of 111 that day, so he should have no trouble winning this sort of handicap off an official mark of 100.

2020 Guineas Festival FAQs

When is the 2000 Guineas?

The 2000 Guineas will take place on the second day of the Guineas Festival on Saturday 7th June 2020.

Where is the Guineas Festival held?

The Guineas Festival has been held at Newmarket racecourse for over 200 years.

Where can I watch the Guineas Festival?

ITV Racing and RacingTV cameras will bring you the best of the action. For details on how to stream the racing on your mobile or tablet, visit the Live Streaming page on our website.

Verdict

Terebellum is my NAP of the day at Newmarket in the Dahlia Stakes. Rock Eagle would be my Next Best in the closing handicap.
  
Guineas Festival Day Two NAP: Terebellum Straight Win @2.75 at bet365 - 20 Units
Guineas Festival Day Two NB: Rock Eagle Straight Win @4.50 at Paddy Power - 10 Units

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