Aidan O’Brien sees Tenebrism and Tuesday as his most likely runners as he tries to keep his stranglehold on the Qipco 1000 Guineas.
The Ballydoyle maestro has won five of the last six renewals and seven in total since Virginia Waters scored in 2005.
While John and Thady Gosden shut out winter outpost favorite Inspiral earlier this week, undefeated Tenebrism lead the market and are priced 11-4 to O’Brien in the Classic. of Sunday.
The Caravaggio daughter followed her maiden five-stadia win at Naas last March and, despite a six-month break, struck in the Group One Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket in September.
Although this Group One contest lasted more than six furlongs, O’Brien hopes she will stay the extra quarter mile.
The handler is also expected to run on Tuesday, comfortable winner of a Naas maiden of the mile in her seasonal debut. She is a 6-1 general shot with the bookmakers.
Cork’s first seven furlong winner Toy could also represent O’Brien, although connections could opt for a tilt at the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches on May 15 instead.
O’Brien said: “We have three fillies left in the 1000 Guineas. Tenebrism and Tuesday seem more likely to run at the moment and Toy could go to the French Guineas.
“His run wasn’t that long and we could give him a bit more time. By the middle of the week we’ll have a fair idea.
“Tenebrism has done everything we asked and everything has gone well so far.
“The horses have run well so far this season, so we’re hopeful.”
Although Native Trail is at odds with most companies to win Saturday’s Qipco 2000 Guineas, O’Brien will look to extend his record to 11 race wins, leading Luxembourg and Point Lonsdale.
Luxembourg, currently the 9-2 overall third seed for the Colts’ Mile Classic, was unbeaten in all three starts as a juvenile, earning a length and three-quarter success in the Group One Vertem Futurity Trophy over the same distance. in Doncaster.
Point Lonsdale ran five times last season, exclusively over seven furlongs, having only seen its colors lowered once – by Native Trail – in Group One Vincent O’Brien National Stakes at the Curragh in its last start in september. He’s a 12-1 general shot for glory.
The two made the trainer happy after a racetrack gallop last month.
O’Brien said: “So far so good with Luxembourg and Point Lonsdale. They both did well when we brought them to the Curragh after the race and have done well since.”