Ha­vant to claim Guineas gold

Halifax Courier - - Courier Sport Racing -

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.

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