Frankie Dettori booked to ride Aidan O’Brien 2000 Guineas horse

Royal Ascot 2018 Day 3

The final declarations for the Qipco 2000 Guineas have been revealed and Frankie Dettori will ride Wichita for Aidan O’Brien in the feature race at Newmarket on Saturday.

The three-year-old No Nay Never colt won a weak Group 3 at Newmarket over 7f on his third start and wasn’t totally disgraced when third behind Pinatubo and Arizona in the Chesham Stakes.

There is every chance he didn’t enjoy the softer ground on that occasion but still, if the form book is to be believed, he will have to improve a great deal to win this. He is trained by a master trainer though and major improvement is very possible.

Aidan sends four across the water

Fifteen runners will go to post for the first Classic of the season and O’Brien, who has won four of the last five runnings with Gleneagles, Churchill, Saxon Warrior and Magna Grecia will send four runners to post.

The other three are Arizona who will be partnered by Ryan Moore who got first choice, New World Tapestry who will be ridden by Adam Kirby and Tom Marquand will get the leg up on Royal Dornoch.

Is the next Frankel in our midst?

The field is headed by the potential superstar Pinatubo, who had an amazing two-year-old campaign and was unbeaten in six starts for Charlie Appleby and Godolphin.

The Shamardal colt is all class but it remains to be seen how he will cope with the step up to a mile and many really well-fancied favourites have come a cropper in this race.

People have been comparing this horse to Frankel and he will have his opportunity to put himself right up there close to the legendary horse if he can run away with the Guineas.

We are in for a real treat of top-class racing this weekend and then Royal Ascot comes at us thick and fast not too long after. Follow myracing.com for the best tips and previews for every top race this coming season.


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