An excellent draw can help Aidan O’Brien’s runner to victory in the first Classic of the season at Newmarket
Officials at Newmarket have made a big effort over the years to ensure fairness for the 2,000 Guineas, mostly siting the starting stalls in the centre of the course and often with a cutaway rail to open things up in the closing stages. But the need to accommodate four busy days of racing will prevent such a layout this time and the stalls will be hard against the stands rail, which could help Arizona (3.35) in today’s Classic.
While it is always tricky to anticipate the way a big field will shake itself out, Ryan Moore seems likely to gain a prominent position against the rail from his draw in stall 13 of 15. From stall seven, Pinatubo is not badly placed but his most significant rivals are all drawn between him and the rail, which could make things harder for a hold-up horse like him if the field steers that way.