After a fantastic four days at Punchestown, flat racing takes the spotlight for the first Classic of the season, the 2000 Guineas.
And as it always seems to be, the main question is whether Aidan O’Brien can continue his dominance of the race, having saddled a record-breaking 10 winners, and tasted victory in four of the last six encounters.
And we reckon if he gets another win, they might start naming the race after him!
Sure to be popular with football fans, Wembley has outstanding claims in his own right of emulating his half-brother Frankel and becoming the fourth offspring of super-sire Galileo to triumph in this race.
Aidan O’Brien’s gelding was last seen at the Dewhurst, narrowly beaten by St Mark’s Basilica, and that Newmarket experience will have done him no harm at all.
And neither will the absence on Saturday of his conqueror that day!
One of Wembley’s main rivals looks to be Thunder Moon, who beat him by one and a half lengths at the Curragh last September.
However, the way Wembley finished like a steam train to land second place out of nowhere, bodes well for their rematch.
And we reckon he will appreciate the extra furlong here, as well as the better ground.
Our Long Shot – One Ruler E/W – 17/2 at BetVictor (1/5 of the Odds, First Four)
The last three 2000 Guineas winners all tasted victory in the Futurity as two-year-olds, and One Ruler came within 3/4 length of doing just that, narrowly beaten in October on heavy ground.
With much better going here we’re expecting a bigger run from Charlie Appleby’s colt.
And One Ruler also has a recent win over course and distance in the bag, finishing ahead of Guineas rival Van Gogh in the process.
At his current price, you’re getting better than even money for him to finish in the first four, so we’re happy to add him to the staking plan!
Please note that all odds are correct at time of publication and are subject to change.