Under The Stars ready to take her chance in 'open' 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket
James Tate is confident the open nature of this year’s renewal gives Under The Stars a good chance of making a telling impact in Sunday’s QIPCO 1,000 Guineas (3.35pm).
Bookmakers consider the Roger Charlton-trained Quadrilateral – winner of last year’s bet365 Fillies’ Mile – to be the favourite to land Newmarket’s second Classic of the weekend, but with no trials or form to fall back on, there is a sense of the unknown surrounding the sport at the moment.
Regarding his filly’s hopes, Hamilton Road-based Tate said: “She’s in good form and has been ready for ages.
“We did want to run her in something like the Nell Gwyn or the Fred Darling as a Guineas trial, but we’ve still had ample time. It certainly won’t be a case of her being beaten for fitness.
“There will be bigger and scopier horses in the paddock, but she has a big heart.
“Everything feels wide open at the moment. A Guineas is usually made up of a mix of trial winners, those making rapid progress and the top two-year-olds from last year. The first two are not relevant because they haven’t happened.
“Nobody knows anything in terms of form, so it is open and that suits us.
“Her father (Night Of Thunder) won the 2,000 Guineas a few years ago, so it would be great if she can do it on Sunday.”
At the time the Journal went to print, Under The Stars – winner of the Tattersalls October Auction Stakes at Newmarket last October – was widely available as a 20/1 shot.
Twenty-four hours earlier on Saturday, Tate is hoping to give Far Above his chance in the Group 3 Betfair Backs Racing Welfare Palace House Stakes, also at the Rowley Mile.
“He is not going to want very quick ground so we will need a shower or two. Thankfully it looks like we may get it,” added the Jamesfield Place trainer.
“He is a very exciting horse and he won on three of his four starts last year.
“The last of those wins was a Listed race in France – this is the natural next step.”