1000 Guineas Betting: Channel 4 Racing's Tom Lee Tips Lumiere To Light Up Newmarket


Hot on the heels of Galileo Gold's win in the 2000 Guineas, the fillies get their chance to shine in today's 1000 Guineas (3.40pm), with a field of 16 declared for the 203rd running of the Classic.

Moyglare Stud Stakes and Fillies' Mile winner Minding tops the betting, but at bigger odds there's a contender who can put it up to her...

In-form Mark Johnston has done little to disguise his enthusiasm for Lumiere, this week going on the record to say:

"While some sceptics question her getting one mile, I am not one of them. There is no doubt in my mind that she will stay the trip.

"She has so much early speed, I can see why some may doubt her, but I can report she has been very settled in her work at home.

"Lumiere is one of my favourites. She is right up there in my top three two-year-olds of all time, now we shall see if she can graduate to the same bracket as a three-year-old. She is already a Group One winner, and a very exciting filly. 

The highly regarded Cheveley Park Stakes winner has run exclusively at six furlongs up 'til now, but Johnston knows what it takes to win this prize, having also captured it in 2004 with Attraction.

It'll be no surprise if he lands it again 12 years on.

A little earlier, Ryan Moore is an eye-catching jockey booking for Teruntum Star in the six furlong handicap (3.00pm).

The four-year-old made a winning return here at Newmarket earlier in the month, beating a couple of rivals he meets again here, Yeeoow and Justice Good. 

Moore has a cracking strike-rate when he partners one of Kevin Ryan's string, and with track, trip and ground all to suit he must have an excellent shout on Teruntum Star, who is narrowly preferred to Huntsmans Close, who put up a fine effort when second in this event 12 months ago.  

By the time Moore rides in that race he'll hopefully be pursuing a double, with the day's other recommendation his mount, Crystal Zvezda, who will be lining up in the Group 2 Dahlia Stakes at 2.25pm.

Moore teamed up with Sir Michael Stoute to win this with Bragging a year ago, and in Crystal Zvezda the pair have a great chance of repeating that feat.

Stoute simply loves winning this race, something he has achieved in six of the last nine years.

Crystal Zvezda comes from an excellent family and is exactly the type to improve at the age of four, especially in the hands of a master trainer who does so well with his older horses.

Don't forget she was prominent in the betting for the Oaks last summer, but the key for her could be the drop back in distance to a mile and a furlong.

A faster pace in the early stages of the race will certainly help as she struggled to settle last season, using up too much petrol in the process and not having enough energy in reserve to produce a sufficiently strong finish.

Good luck!

 

Sunday's best bets at Newmarket:

2.25 - Tweenhills Dahlia Stakes - 3 Crystal Zvezda (win)

3.00 - longholes.com Rehab And Pre-Training Handicap - 4 Teruntum Star (each way)

3.40 - QIPCO 1000 Guineas - 9 Lumiere (win)