With the final two Classics of the season in the book, a remarkable 2020 flat season is drawing to a close. Just over three months have passed since the 2000 Guineas, where Kameko blazed the trail to score.
After a far from ordinary season, attentions now turn to next season, and the exciting crop of stars waiting to announce themselves. The first Classic of 2021 will be the aforementioned 2000 Guineas, with several horses shooting up the market with recent standout performances.
I’ve had a look through the 2000 Guineas antepost market, scanning through pedigrees and searching for promise. I’ve found three of big interest, and can present three outsiders for the 2000 Guineas!
Best-price at the time of writing, September 15th at 3:45pm.
High Definition (25/1)
It wouldn’t be a Guineas antepost article, without mentioning an Aidan O’Brien runner. A son of Galileo, High Definition couldn’t have been much more eye-catching on his Curragh debut last month.
He was last at halfway and despite travelling well enough, he looked to be going nowhere when ridden. A remarkable turn of foot would follow, as he weaved through the field in the final two furlongs to win going away.
Given that he looked to be going up and down on the spot at one stage, it was a truly impressive performance. Trained by O’Brien, he’s only likely to improve for further experience. He holds a plethora of entries to close out 2020, including the Group 1 Dewhurst, so connections clearly think plenty of him.
There is any amount of improvement left under the hood and there’s plenty to be excited about too.
King Vega (50/1)
Winning last year’s 2000 Guineas, Andrew Balding will be hoping for further success a year on. With luck, he’ll be having another great chance in 2020 with King Vega. A 350,000gns purchase as a yearling, he’s finished second on both his starts thus far.
He tanked into his Sandown debut, ultimately succumbing to a Godolphin rival with experience under his belt. He was simply luckless in the Solario Stakes last time, blocked repeatedly for a run. When he did eventually find daylight, he surged home to finish a close second. He did all his best work close to the finish, which was very promising.
He looks just the type to excel when stepped up to the mile distance, especially with a strong pace on offer. With an entry in the Royal Lodge later this month, a win there could really cement his claims.
Noble Dynasty (50/1)
Costing a jaw-dropping 3,600,000gns as a yearling, it’s no surprise that Noble Dynasty is bred to be a star. A son of Dubawi, he’s a half-brother to the popular Barney Roy, who recently claimed a fourth Group 1 success for Charlie Appleby.
He was sent off favourite for his Newmarket debut, finishing a neck second to a stable-mate with experience. Despite the defeat, he showed bundles of promise over an inadequate six-furlong distance. He’s bred to do much, much better when he’s sent over the mile and beyond.
Given his reputation, pedigree and price-tag, it would be disappointing if he didn’t develop into something special.