2000 Guineas runners - Field of 15 declared for the first Classic of the season
- Pinatubo favourite to win 2000 Guineas this weekend
- 15 declared for Saturday's Classic
- Aidan O'Brien confident about Arizona - one of four runners he has in the race
Aidan O'Brien (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
A field of 15 has been declared for the first Classic of the season, the 2000 Guineas.
Odds-on favourite Pinatubo heads the field for the delayed race at Newmarket on Saturday, but there is strong representation from Ballydoyle, with trainer Aidan O'Brien responsible for four of the 2000 Guineas runners.
O'Brien seems particularly bullish about Arizona, and believes his 11/2 chance is ready to step up this season.
"We always thought he would make up into a better three-year-old," O'Brien said after the final 2000 Guineas field was announced.
"The ground should be ideal, as the better the ground, the better he will be.
"We're very happy with him at the moment. He's quite a fast horse, certainly not short of pace. Whether he will stay further than a mile we're not sure, although we might try him over a bit further at some stage."
O'Brien has also made positive comments about stablemate Wichita, who finished third to Pinatubo in the Dewhurst, and at time of writing is a general 12/1 chance.
"Wichita is a powerful, straightforward colt with a really good attitude," he added.
"He's very versatile with regard to ground and I do think he will stay even further than a mile. He seems very well."
Royal Dornoch (33/1) and New World Tapestry (80/1) are the two other Ballydoyle runners in the race.
"Royal Dornoch was a good juvenile and we were thrilled with him in the Royal Lodge," O'Brien commented this week.
"We're not sure whether he will get much further than a mile. He's in good form. New World Tapestry would look to have a bit to find with some of the main contenders but seems in good form."
The Ballydoyle supremo has already trained a record ten QIPCO 2000 Guineas winners, including the last three.