See the fields: England's classics begin with 2,000 Guineas

See the fields: England's classics begin with 2,000 Guineas
Photo: Eclipse Sportswire

The British Championship Series gets underway without spectators this weekend at Newmarket Racecourse, with the Coronation Cup (G1) for older horses on Friday, the 2000 Guineas (G1) for 3-year-olds on Saturday and the 1000 Guineas (G1) for 3-year-old fillies on Sunday. Post time for each race is 10:35 a.m. ET.

Here's a look at the fields...

Coronation Cup

Going 1 1/2 miles on turf, this event usually is run at Epsom but was moved because of a delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The seven-horse field will feature the return of Stradivarius, winner of 10 straight Group 1 or Group 2 races before finishing second in his last start, the British Champions Long Distance in October. The 6-year-old son of Sea the Stars is trained by John Gosden.

Anthony Van Dyck, winner of last year’s Epsom Derby, looks for his second Group 1 score for trainer Aidan O’Brien. The 4-year-old son of Galileo finished third in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf before wrapping up the year with a 12th-place effort in the Hong Kong Vase (G1) at Sha Tin.

Last year’s Coronation Cup winner, Defoe, also returns to defend his title. Trained by Roger Varian, the 6-year-old gelded son of Dalakhani was last seen finishing second in the Dubai City of Gold (G2) in March.

2,000 Guineas

The field for Saturday’s classic has been narrowed to 15 declarations.

Pinatubo, who went 6-for-6 as a 2-year-old, makes his sophomore debut Saturday in the one-mile turf race. The son of Shamardal, a Godolphin homebred trained by Charlie Appleby, is adding distance in this spot off a hyped juvenile campaign that garnered him comparisons to the great Frankel.

Trainer Aidan O’Brien will be represented by four entries, including Arizona, who hasn’t won since scoring in the Coventry Stakes (G2) in June, with second- and third-place efforts behind Pinatubo.

O’Brien also is expected to start Wichita, a lightly raced son of No Nay Never who won the Tattersalls Stakes (G3) in September at Newcastle.

*Rating is based on HRN fan votes, which rank the Top Active Horses in training.
#SilksHorse / SireRankRatingTrainer / JockeyLast StartOdds
1Al Suhail
Dubawi
 
4.45
C. Appleby
J. Doyle
2nd, 2019 Autumn Stakes (G3) 
15-1
2Arizona
No Nay Never
 
5.45
A. O'Brien
R. Moore
5th, 2019 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) 
6-1
3Cepheus
Sea The Stars
 
4.45
B. Meehan
J. Crowley
50-1
4Juan Elcano
Frankel
 
K. Ryan
A. Atzeni
3rd, 2019 Champagne Stakes (G2) 
50-1
5Kameko
Kitten's Joy
 
5.59
A. Balding
O. Murphy
1st, 2019 Futurity Trophy Stakes (G1) 
6-1
6Kenzai Warrior
Karakontie
 
R. Teal
J. Watson
1st, 2019 Horris Hill Stakes (G3) 
25-1
7Kinross
Kingman
 
R. Beckett
H. Bentley
5th, 2019 Futurity Trophy Stakes (G1) 
12-1
8Military March
New Approach
 
S. Suroor
H. Crouch
1st, 2019 Autumn Stakes (G3) 
15-1
9Mums Tipple
Footstepsinthesand
 
5.54
R. Hannon, Jr.
S. Levey
7th, 2019 Middle Park Stakes (G1) 
25-1
10New World Tapestry
War Front
 
4.45
A. O'Brien
A. Kirby
3rd, 2020 Conditions Stakes 
50-1
11Persuasion
Acclamation
 
C. Hills
K. Shoemark
2nd, 2019 Tattersalls Stakes (G3) 
50-1
12Pinatubo
Shamardal
 
6.08
C. Appleby
W. Buick
1st, 2019 Dewhurst Stakes (G1) 
4-5
13Royal Dornoch
Gleneagles
 
5.45
A. O'Brien
T. Marquand
1st, 2019 Royal Lodge Stakes (G2) 
30-1
14Starcat
Lope De Vega
 
4.45
H. Morrison
P. McDonald
1st, 2019 Novice Stakes  
40-1
15Wichita
No Nay Never
 
5.12
A. O'Brien
F. Dettori
3rd, 2019 Dewhurst Stakes (G1) 
12-1

1,000 Guineas

A day before declarations are made, 17 fillies remain in contention for Sunday’s one-mile test led by unbeaten Quadrilateral. The daughter of Frankel, trained by Roger Charlton, began her racing career in August and won the Fillies Mile (G1) at Newcastle in October.

Her foes in the one-mile turf race 3-year-old fillies likely will include the O'Brien-trained Love, winner of the Moyglare Stud Stakes (G1) and a third-place finisher in the Fillies Mile in her last effort, and Millisle, who won her most recent race, the Cheveley Park Stakes (G1) in September.

*Rating is based on HRN fan votes, which rank the Top Active Horses in training.
RankSilksHorse / SireRatingTrainer / JockeyLast StartStatus
 Boomer
Kingman
5.12
T. Dascombe
5th, 2019 Fillies' Mile (G1) 
Possible
 Cloak Of Spirits
Invincible Spirit
R. Hannon, Jr.
3rd, 2019 Rockfel Stakes (G2) 
Possible
 Final Song
Dark Angel
4.45
S. Suroor
3rd, 2020 Saudi Derby 
Possible
 Graceful Magic
Gutaifan
E. Johnson Houghton
2nd, 2019 Firth Of Clyde Stakes (G3) 
Possible
 Les Hogues
Bated Breath
G. Baker
2nd, 2019 Prix Miesque (G3) 
Possible
 Love
Galileo
5.12
A. O'Brien
3rd, 2019 Fillies' Mile (G1) 
Possible
 Millisle
Starspangledbanner
M. Harrington
1st, 2019 Cheveley Park Stakes (G1) 
Possible
 Peaceful
Galileo
A. O'Brien
2nd, 2019 Montrose Fillies' Stakes (LS) 
Possible
 Quadrilateral
Frankel
5.27
R. Charlton
1st, 2019 Fillies' Mile (G1) 
Possible
 Raffle Prize
Slade Power
5.45
M. Johnston
2nd, 2019 Cheveley Park Stakes (G1) 
Possible
 Romsey
Mukhadram
4.79
H. Morrison
1st, 2019 Winterkonigin-Trial (LS) 
Possible
 Rose Of Kildare
Make Believe
5.12
M. Johnston
1st, 2019 Oh So Sharp Stakes (G3) 
Possible
 Shimmering
Lope De Vega
J. Gosden
Possible
 So Wonderful
War Front
A. O'Brien
3rd, 2019 Moyglare Stud Stakes (G1) 
Possible
 Summer Romance
Kingman
C. Appleby
3rd, 2019 Dick Poole Fillies' Stakes (G3) 
Possible
 Under The Stars
Night Of Thunder
J. Tate
4th, 2019 Rockfel Stakes (G2) 
Possible
 Yes Always
No Nay Never
K. Burke
Possible

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