Havant to claim Guineas gold
SIR Michael Stoute can win the Qipco 1000 Guineas for the first time in eight years courtesy of Havant.
Stoute has not claimed tomorrow’s Classic since Russian Rhythm struck in 2003, but this Halling filly nicely fits the bill.
In what looks a wideopen race, Havant strikes as being full of limitless potential at this lofty grade.
She does, admittedly, have questions to answer, with the likelihood of fast ground not ideal.
Rain is forecast, though, and reports from Newmarket suggest the turf is as perfect as it could be given the arid conditions.
Her breeding would also suggest an aptitude over distances farther than a mile - with the Oaks in June seemingly made to measure.
That said, Havant showed a most beguiling turn of foot as a juvenile.
Stoute’s filly began her racing career over seven furlongs at Headquarters, where she hosed up in a typically hot maiden.
Better was to come back at Newmarket two months later as, pitched into Group Three company, she stayed arrow-straight to take the Oh So Sharp Stakes by upwards of three and a quarter lengths.
The third home, Khawlah, won the UAE Oaks and UAE Derby in Meydan in March.
Stoute has won four of the last five renewals of the Qatar Bloodstock Dahlia Stakes, but Eleanora Duse could be there to be shot at with a 5lb penalty.
That may pave the way clear for the Luca Cumanitrained Contredanse to flash.