Fri 9 Mar 2018
Over half of the entries received for the 2018 running of the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Racecourse this spring have either won or been placed in a British EBF race as a two-year-old. The list of horses still aiming for the first Classic of the new flat season, which was published on 7th March, consists of no fewer than 36 potential runners that graduated from an EBF Novice or Maiden race (52%).
Of particular note are the three entries of ELARQAM (Frankel), HERCULEAN (Frankel) and MERLIN MAGIC (Camelot) who all won British EBF supported Sire/ Dam Restricted Maiden races. These contests have been designed specifically to provide high value opportunities for progeny of stallions or race mares who were stayers themselves to race against each other as juveniles. The races are in their third year and the average field size has increased year on year, as have the number of races in the programme.
Thu 1 Mar 2018
HEADWAY wins the EBF Chester Super Maiden (image courtesy of Chester Racecourse)
Royal Ascot runner-up Headway is among six three-year-olds declared to run in the £45,000 Listed 32Red Spring Cup (3.30pm) over seven furlongs on Polytrack at Lingfield Park this Saturday, March 3. The 32Red Spring Cup is one of four races which will be broadcast live from Lingfield Park on ITV1.
Headway (William Haggas/James Doyle) opened his account impressively in the first ever British EBF “Super Maiden” at Chester over six furlongs in May 2017, before going down by a head to Rajasinghe in the G2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.
The son of Havana Gold, owned by the Royal Ascot Racing Club was not at that level on soft ground at Glorious Goodwood, finishing sixth in the G2 Richmond Stakes, but returned to form when third in the G2 Gimcrack Stakes at York’s Ebor Festival on August 26, his most recent outing.
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