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Jockey Murphy can have wonderful Guineas weekend


Jockey Oisin Murphy. Pic: Megan Ridgwell/PA Wire

Jockey Oisin Murphy. Pic: Megan Ridgwell/PA Wire

Jockey Oisin Murphy. Pic: Megan Ridgwell/PA Wire


Britain's HQ is the scene for the opening Classic of 2020 this afternoon and all eyes will be on Pinatubo at Newmarket after a stellar juvenile season last year.

He is easily the highest-rated animal in the contest and will take a world of beating, but the question is do we want to be backing a horse at odds-on having his first run as a three-year-old in a Guineas?

Probably not, and if he doesn't put up the scintillating performance and win as expected - setting us up for an exciting summer in the process - we need to find an alternative. Arizona and Wichita will likely run big races for the Aidan O'Brien team and the latter will certainly appreciate running back on quicker ground, but champion jockey Oisín Murphy could spoil the party with KAMEKO (3.35 Newmarket).

Andrew Balding's son of Kitten's Joy progressed throughout the season last year and bolted up in the Group One Vertem Futurity Stakes at Newcastle.

Murphy compared Kameko to the brilliant Roaring Lion this week which tells us how highly regarded the colt is, with Balding also claiming he is the best he's trained for years.

After a sparkling workout at Kempton last week, Balding couldn't contain his excitement so he's a good value alternative to the odds-on favourite.

It's a classy supporting card, as we would expect, with the Betfair Dahlia Fillies' Stakes an intriguing affair as two Godolphin fillies battle it out at the head of the market.

Terebellum looks the more popular for John Gosden and Frankie Dettori - and there is certainly more to come from her - but Magic Lily (2.25 Newmarket) has been kept busy in Dubai and Charlie Appleby's daughter of New Approach may be able to concede the 3lb to the favourite.

She got the job done well in Meydan, winning a pair of Group Two events before only finding stablemate Barney Roy too strong in the Jebel Hatta.

That is a strong piece of form and is certainly the strongest piece of recent form in the field so with the fitness edge and not much to find on official ratings, she is a confident selection.

The Group Three Betfair Supports Racing Welfare Palace House Stakes is a wide-open affair and a chance is taken on MOSS GILL (1.50 Newmarket).

This is a step up in class for James Bethell's four-year-old but he was last seen in March when scoring at Wolverhampton. Remarkably consistent, he has only been out of the front two once in his last ten starts, and that was in his final run of a long season last year.

Looking ahead to tomorrow's 1,000 Guineas, that man Murphy can round off a memorable weekend by doubling up in the fillies' Classic on Jessica Harrington's Missisle (3.35 Newmarket, Sun), which looks overpriced at 5/1 to land the big one tomorrow.