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1000 Guineas: Memory in focus
by Geir Stabell / Globeform
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Memory was ante-post favourite for this year's Qipco 1,000 Guineas (G1) already last July, after having won her first three races in tremendous style, but a surprise defeat on her fourth outing in the Moyglare Stud Stakes (G1) in Ireland cast some doubt over her future prospects.

Had she just been an early developing sort, one who would be caught up with at three? Or was her sixth place behind Misty For Me at The Curragh simply a bad day, one best forgotten?

Hard to say but Memory has come back in favour with punters in recent weeks and dropped gradually in the betting to around 6/1. Judged on her best juvenile form, that is a fair price. She looked potentially top class when winning the 6-furlong Albany Stakes (G3) at Royal Ascot in June, and again when delivering a strong last-to-first move to take the Cherry Hinton Stakes (G2) over the same distance at Newmarket in July. Memory got up to beat Margot Did by a head at Ascot and she swept by Soraaya for a comfortable 3/4-length win at Newmarket.

Hooray, who had yet to hit top form, was third in the Cherry Hinton. Her subsequent exploits, and Soraaya's win in the Princess Margaret Stakes (G3) next time out (from Margot Did), served as timely reminders of how good Memory's form was. The Richard Hannon trained filly is without doubt an interesting contender. She is bred to stay a mile, though not much further, and her running style last year suggests that the Guineas trip will suit her. Hannon's team have had an excellent start to the season.

Last update: 2011-04-28 07:45:14 (First published: 2011-04-27 13:01:12 )

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