Remarquee has earned herself a spot in the 1000 Guineas after a convincing win at Newbury’s Dubai Duty Free Stakes.
Trained by Ralph Beckett, the daughter of Kingman is a once-raced filly from the family of Beckett’s Oaks winner, Look Here. After being dropped out in the rear by Rob Hornby, she displayed an impressive turn of foot to beat Magical Sunset by a neck, despite carrying her head high.
Paddy Power, Betfair, and Coral have all shortened their odds for the upcoming race to 6-1 after this victory.
The 1000 Guineas will take place in just over two weeks, and Beckett will likely have left plenty to work on, giving Remarquee’s supporters even more reason to be optimistic about her chances.
Beckett – winning the race for the fifth time – said: “It’s great – everything I’d hoped for and more. She was green and running away and Rob dropped his stick by the time she was running away from the crowd.
“Richard Hannon’s filly (Magical Sunset) leant on her a bit, so she had Kevin’s (Stott’s) stick in her face there for a couple of strides.
“She doesn’t know very much, but she will know more after today and we will certainly go to Newmarket.
“Her mother wanted fast ground and maybe she handles this ground, but I don’t see fast ground being a problem.
“I think she is very good and she has got to go there on the back of that.”
Hornby said: “She seems a good mover and she has a high head carriage, which is a bit like Kingman. They tend to be a bit like that, but it doesn’t stop her – she was still running true all the way to the line. It is probably what she finds comfortable.
“She will definitely stay further and while you don’t know until you’ve tried it, I’m sure she will act well on the course at Newmarket. This time of year is exciting, because at this time of year you are running horses in trials and even if they run well, you can still have hopes. So to go and win one like that is very exciting.
“She is a Classic filly. She is not short of speed and I think a mile will be right for her.”