Tip Two Win, one of 17 colts still engaged in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas following Monday’s confirmation stage, put the finishing touches to his Classic preparations with a gallop at Lambourn. Worth £500,000 in prize money, the one mile event will herald the start of the 2018 QIPCO British Champions Series when it gets under way at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Racecourse on Saturday. Trained at Great Shefford in Berkshire by Roger Teal, Tip Two Win already has a career bankroll of almost £190,000, largely thanks to two lucrative successes in Qatar over the winter, in the Al Rayyan Stakes and the Al Biddah Mile.
When we last saw the son of Dark Angel in the UK, he was chasing home fellow QIPCO 2000 Guineas candidate Elarqam in the Group 3 Tattersalls Stakes over seven furlongs of the Rowley Mile back in September. By the way, be sure to check out Quickspin slots online for some casino-style fun. Unlike Teal, who will be saddling his first Classic runner in 11 years with a licence, the multiple Irish Champion, Aidan O’Brien, has already won the QIPCO 2000 Guineas on a record eight occasions. He will be the man to beat again on Saturday when his four possible representatives include the Champion Two-Year-Old, U S Navy Flag; the Racing Post Trophy winner, Saxon Warrior; and the ante post favourite, Gustav Klimt, successful in the Group 2 bet365 Superlative Stakes at Newmarket’s Adnams July Course last July.
Other leading candidates include Masar, runaway winner of the Group 3 bet365 Craven Stakes over the full QIPCO 2000 Guineas course and distance on 19th April, and the unbeaten John Gosden-trained colt, Without Parole.
Roger Teal, trainer of Tip Two Win, said: “I took Tip Two Win to Lambourn for his final piece of work and I was very pleased with him. David Probert, his QIPCO 2000 Guineas jockey, couldn’t make it as he had to go to Thirsk, but he went a nice sharp six furlongs under his regular exercise rider, Georgie McCabe.
“We gave him a short break when he got back from Qatar at the end of February and, touch wood, we have not had any hold-ups with him. He looks tremendous. He has performed very well with cut in the ground [including when a two-length Listed race scorer at Doncaster] but he has such a massive stride that he really needs a quicker surface to get the full benefit of it.”
“So we are just hoping that the weather gods are with us – I know that the Rowley Mile can dry out very quickly and any sunshine there in the next few days will be putting a big smile on our faces. I have not had the experience of a Classic runner before so everything’s a little bit different. I’ve been waking up in the middle of the night wondering what I haven’t done and I fear I won’t be too easy to live with over the next few days.”
“I know that Tip Two Win will have a big fan club cheering him on and hopefully we will just be able to enjoy the day – a top six finish would be fantastic. His nickname has been ‘Ernie’ ever since he arrived in the yard so let’s hope he can be ‘the fastest milk float in the west’ on Saturday.”
The 17 confirmations for the Group 1 QIPCO 2000 Guineas run over a mile at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Racecourse on Saturday, 5th May, are as follows:
Cardsharp (GB), Elarqam (GB), Expert Eye (GB), Gustav Klimt (IRE), Headway (GB), Hey Gaman (GB), James Garfield (IRE), Masar (IRE), Murillo (USA), Nebo (IRE), Raid (IRE), Rajasinghe (IRE), Roaring Lion (USA), Saxon Warrior (JPN), Tip Two Win (GB), U S Navy Flag (USA), Without Parole (GB) (17).