One will be first

One will be first


Ken Nicol: After suffering his only defeat to Soqrat in the Cape Guineas last December, One World looks sure to make partial amends when he lines up in the Grade 3 Winter Guineas at Kenilworth on Saturday.

This star Captain Al colt gives away 2kg to his six rivals, but has proven his superiority over most of these runners on at least one occasion.

If any are to beat him they will need to show significant improvement, and despite being rested since Sun Met day three months ago Vaughan Marshall’s charge is a hugely confident selection.

Lightly raced Vardy is perhaps the primary threat. He finished strongly for third to One World in the CTS 1600 on 2kg worse terms, and was an impressive winner of his comeback run despite lugging in late.

Majestic Mozart has always been highly regarded, and probably needed his most recent after gelding. He is solidly held on overall form, but can still improve, and is a bit of a sneaker.

Stable mate Russet Air falls into the same boat. He has won before for Randall Simons, and stayed on pleasingly for second place to Vardy a few weeks ago when venturing beyond sprints for the first time, despite being bumped late.
He faces a far tougher task at the weights, but is another who shouldn’t be overlooked.

The Listed Sweet Chestnut Stakes for females takes place just over half an hour earlier. Here Helen’s Ideal would also be a confident choice but has a wide draw to overcome.

But the talented Paul Reeves-trained daughter of Ideal World has hardly put a foot wrong since being fitted with blinkers, and has enough early toe to negate that negative. She can be expected to notch a first stakes win, and looks to have a promising future.

Candice Bass-Robinson’s top weights Lesedi La Rona and Star Fighter appear to be the primary opposition.

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