Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Will Aidan Win All The Classics?

This weekend’s Guineas favourites are both trained by Aidan O’Brien and William Hill offer 16-1 that he trains all five English Classic winners this season.


Air Force Blue heads the 2000 Guineas field at 4-7, while Minding is the 6-4 favourite for the 1000 Guineas.


“Air Force Blue and Minding are bad results and if they win, there will be a collective groan from bookmakers all the way up the Rowley Mile,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.


One horse that has been popular with each-way punters is Galileo Gold who has shortened to 10-1 from 25-1 at the start of the week.




Air Force Blue has been favourite for the 2000 Guineas since winning the Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh last August (he was slashed from 16-1 to 8-1 favourite following that victory). His price was further cut to 5-1 after he landed the Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes at the same track in September. Following an impressive performance to score in the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes, Air Force Blue was shortened to Even-Money. He is easily the worst result in the book for William Hill.


Minding was at the head of the market for the 1000 Guineas after winning the Moyglare Stud Stakes in September (she was 8-1 after the race). Ballydoyle usurped her as favourite after she won at Longchamp, but Minding returned to the head of the betting after winning the Dubai Fillies’ Mile (4-1 from 8-1). She has stayed at the top of the betting since then.



Qipco 2000 Guineas: 4-7 Air Force Blue, 6-1 Stormy Antarctic, 10-1 Galileo Gold, Massaat, 12-1Marcel, 14-1 Buratino, 33-1 Herald The Dawn, 40-1 Air Vice Marshal, Ribchester, 50-1 Zonderland,66-1 First Selection, Zhui Feng, 200-1 Kentuckyconnection, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)


Qipco 1000 Guineas: 6-4 Minding, 4-1 Lumiere, 6-1 Ballydoyle, 10-1 Nathra, 14-1 Illuminate, 16-1Alice Springs, 20-1 Jet Setting, Midweek, Robanne, Turret Rocks, 33-1 Mix And Mingle, 40-1 Blue Bayou, Fireglow, 50-1 Aljazzi, 100-1 Epsom Icon, Sharja Queen, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)


Investec Derby: 4-1 US Army Ranger, 6-1 Midterm, 14-1 Foundation, 16-1 Harzand, Idaho, Massaat, The Gurkha, Wajeez, 20-1 Emotionless, Johannes Vermeer, Zarak, 25-1 Algometer, Marcel, 33-1 Beacon Rock, Black Sea, Cook Islands, Embiran, High Ground, Moonlight Magic, Sanus Per Aquam, Tathqeef, Tirmizi, Winning Story, 40-1 Ebediyin, Mustajeer, Mutawaaly, Sky Kingdom, 50-1 Aasheq, Big Ben, Brave Hero, Claudio Monteverdi, Mengli Khan, Shogun, UAE Prince, 66-1 Satish, 100-1 Top Beak, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3)


Investec Oaks: 11-4 Minding, 6-1 So Mi Dar, 10-1 Ballydoyle, 16-1 Even Song, Turret Rocks, 20-1Coolmore, Fadillah, Pretty Perfect, 25-1 Alice Springs, Harlequeen, 33-1 Beautiful Morning, Best In The World, Glamorous Approach, How High The Moon, 40-1 Kind Of Magic, 50-1 Girling, (EW ¼ Odd Places 1,2,3)




To Win Qipco 1000 Guineas & Investec Oaks: 6-1 Minding, 16-1 Ballydoyle


To Train Winner Of All 5 English Classics In 2016: 16-1 Aidan O’Brien


Any Horse To Win The US Triple Crown In 2016: 12-1


Any Horse To Win The English Triple Crown In 2016: 50-1