International Racing Feed, Vol 14.

This lad goes in – whether it’s wet or not

Been a quiet couple of weeks waiting for the first big Flat races of the year over here. They’ve finally arrived and frankly, I’d have been better off trying to pick class six winners over fences on a Monday.

It’s Guineas weekend. Two big races for three-year-olds – one Saturday, one Sunday – and tonight’s 2,000 Guineas (00:40AEST) is impossible to work out. That won’t stop us trying though.

Serial winning trainer Aiden O’Brien has three in the race and the outsider of them looks interesting. Van Gogh got plenty of runs under his belt as a two-year-old last year and he’s been pigeonholed as needing it wet to go well. I get where that line of thinking comes from but when has things not being wet enough ever stopped a young colt?

These are young horses and he’s by American Pharaoh so a fast ground mile will suit from a breeding angle. He’s $11 now and worth throwing a dart at in a seriously open race.

Tonight’s other fancy is less juicy. Pyledriver came from nowhere to win big races last season (including the King Edward VII at Royal Ascot - video above) and he’s $3.25 to win his first start this term at midnight AEST. I wouldn’t be surprised if that price went by the time the race gets closer but he’s still worth getting on at $2.50 and bigger.

Go well.

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