2000 Guineas Betting: Channel 4 Racing's Tom Lee Tips Peter Chapple-Hyam's Marcel As An Each-Way Shot

The first Classic of the season is upon us, with Newmarket's Rowley Mile the venue for the QIPCO 2000 Guineas, which you'll see live with us on Channel 4 at 3.45pm on Saturday.

The supporting card is no slouch either, and in the opening 1m 1f Suffolk Stakes (2.00pm) Unibet punters would do well to take a close look at the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Intimation.

After wins last year at Nottingham and Leicester it's interesting to see this daughter of Dubawi kept in training as a four-year-old rather than head to the breeding sheds, suggesting Stoute firmly believes there are prizes to be plundered with her. 

The Suffolk Stakes is a contest Stoute has captured previously, and Intimation looks exactly the type to improve as a four-year-old, for whom Pat Smullen is an eye-catching jockey booking. 

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Next up, 22 lightning quick sprinters will be spread across the track for the Pearl Bloodstock Palace House Stakes at 2.30pm, in which John Gosden's Waady can do us a favour.

This hood-wearing four-year-old son of Approve sliced through the field, coming from almost last to first in a matter of strides, to bag a memorable Group 3 win at Sandown Park last summer. 

He carries the colours of Hamdan Al Maktoum, who enjoyed a memorable year with his sprinters in 2015, and as with Intimation this horse carries serious potential as he embarks on his four-year-old career. 

You can easily forgive him a slightly lesser effort in the Group 1 Sprint Cup at Haydock Park in September - that race came at the end of a busy schedule - and he looks a preferable option to the likes of the old stagers in the field, the likes of Sole Power and Kingsgate Native. 

Then comes the big one at 3.45pm, in which Aidan O'Brien's Air Force Blue looks tough to topple. 

He was all class in easily winning the Dewhurst here on October 10th, since when his build up to the Guineas has gone smoothly. 

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That said, there's plenty of quality in opposition, and perhaps the one to either chase him home or give him a nosebleed is the Peter Chapple-Hyam inmate, Marcel.

Partnered for the first time by Pat Smullen and available at tempting double figure odds, the Racing Post Trophy winner also arrives with Group 1 winning form in the bank, prepared by a man who famously won this race in 1992 with Rodrigo De Triano. 

He was 33/1 when winning at Doncaster in October, but there didn't appear to be any fluke about that victory, and he can demonstrate his considerable ability again here. 

Good luck!


Saturday's best bets at Newmarket:

2.00 - championsofracing.co.uk Suffolk Stakes Handicap - 8 Intimation (win)

2.30 - Pearl Bloodstock Palace House Stakes - 20 Waady (each way) 

3.45 - QIPCO 2000 Guineas - 8 Marcel (each way)