1000 Guineas Preview (3.50 Newmarket): Miss France looks a real beauty

A wide open renewal of the fillies’ classic, and French raider Miss France is strongly fancied to land the spoils.

Andre Fabre’s filly was for a long time ante-post favourite for the race  following her impressive win win in the Group 3 Oh So Sharp Stakes over 7f at this venue.

She travelled strongly throughout that contest, and after making headway from off the pacetwo from home showed a good turn of foot to beat Lightning Thunder by a head.

The daughter of Dansili was value for much more than the winning margin as she pricked her ears and idled when hitting the front.

The first two home pulled five lengths clear of the field, and the manner of the success marked Miss France out as a really smart prospect.

Although beaten on her recent reappearance when finishing just sixth of 10 to Xcellence in the Group 3 Prix Impudence over 7f at Maisons-laffitte, she ran better than the bare result indicates in a race run at a typically slow French crawl.

She took a keen hold in midfield after after being slightly outpaced when the field started to sprint a furlong from home and not getting the clearest of runs kept on under hands and heels to be beaten 3 3/4 lengths.

Her rider Maxime Guyon gave her a very tender ride and the outing should have put her spot on for this.

There is little doubt that she will be seen to better effect over today’s mile trip, and this race is also likely to be run at a pace which will suit.

Another plus is that she remains open to stacks more improvement having had just four starts, and her turn of foot makes her the one they all have to beat in my book.

Rizeena is narowly favoured in the betting, but I am keen to be against Clive Brittain’s filly.

The daughter of Iffraaj was kept very busy as a juvenile, running eight times and winning on four occasions.

Her wins included a two length success in the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot over 5f and a battling 3/4 length victory over Tapestry in the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh.

However, I think that she lacks the scope of many of her rivals in this and it would be no suyprise to see Tapestry turn the tables and prove the main danger to the selection.

Aidan O’Brien’s charge endured a far from clear passage when finishing third to Rizeena and was promited to second following a stewards’ enquiry.

The daughter of Galileo didn’t get the best of tactical rides that day as far as I am concerned, and had won her two previous starts at the Curragh in the style of a potentiually veru useful sort.

The step up to a mile looks sure to suit, and it’s no surprise that Jospeh O’Brien has chosen her over stable companion Bracelet.

The other horse capable of running a big race if getting the trip is Lucky Kristale.

George Margarson’s filly beat Rizeena fair and sqzuare in the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes last season and went on to land the Group 2 Lowther Stakes at York in good style.

The daughter of Lucky Story, who has been beaten just once in five starts, is yet to race beyond 6f but settled well enough as a juvenile to suggests she could well stay a mile.

If that proves to be the case then she is a danger to all.

Daily Sport recommended bet: 3pts win Miss France (11/2 Coral, Paddy Power – BOG)

 

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