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O'Brien definite on Maybe chances

A field of 18 will go to post for today's Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket and the same number will face the starter for tomorrow's fillies equivalent, the 1000 Guineas.

Whether or not the full declared field of 18 go to post for the 1000 Guineas or not will depend on how the ground is riding today and if we have any more rainfall at Newmarket later this evening.

However, the warm and almost impossible to oppose unbeaten favourite, Maybe, won't be hindered by the conditions either way according to her trainer, Aidan O'Brien.


He said: "We were very happy with her last year and we've been watching this race for a long time now.

"Everything has gone well so far and we're very happy. She had five races in a short enough space of time so we didn't want to over-push her."

The daughter of Galileo won a decent maiden in Naas back in May before triumphing at Royal Ascot and racking up three further wins, including the Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh which ended her season in August.

"We wanted to give her an early break for her winter so we could start early this year and so far everything has worked well.

"I don't think she has a big preference for ground. She's by Galileo and they seem to go on anything."

The Ballydoyle maestro added: "You're never sure about the dip in Newmarket. It's an unusual place and until you go and race there you're never sure. But she's a high cruiser and hopefully that will be a help to her. She always was a very exciting filly."

Kevin Prendergast has sent over 20/1 shot La Collina to take her chance and her price may prove a big one if she can build on her best form from last season. La Collina proved no match for Maybe last season but did overcome today's 2000 Guineas contender Power when winning at the Curragh and Prendergast is hopeful of a bold showing.

"I think she'll run a big race -- she's a class horse," Prendergast said. "The favourite will be hard to beat, we know that, as she's beaten us twice already and Aidan's horses seem invincible at the moment."


La Collina did run Maybe to a neck at Leopardstown but was four and three parts of a length adrift on their next meeting in the Moyglare, but Prendergast added: "She beat Power last year and then ran okay in the Moyglare but she returned with a bit of a problem which we've rectified now. She should run a good race."

Maybe certainly looks the class act amongst the fillies, but don't expect La Collina to be lagging too far behind her and she appears a very good each way prospect for those having a bet.