Twenty four horses, headed by the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Adagio, have been declared for Saturday's Stan James 2000 Guineas on the NatWest Rowley Mile and although the long-time favourite, Teofilo, has been forced out by injury, Newmarket's Director of Racing, Michael Prosser, is delighted by the big race line-up:
"Only six times has there have been a bigger post-war field for the first Classic of the British season. There is plenty of quality in the line-up with at least half a dozen at the head of the betting very strongly fancied for victory by their connections.
"Adagio, US Ranger, Major Cadeaux and Diamond Tycoon were all deeply impressive winners in the last three weeks, while Dutch Art, Haatef and Strategic Prince carry forward top class form from last year. It promises to be one hell of a race and I certainly wouldn't like to predict the winner!
"The supporting card is excellent, notably a fascinating Derby trial in the StansPoker.co.uk Newmarket Stakes, in which Godolphin's big hope, Eastern Anthem, will put his credentials on the line, and a red-hot 30 runner handicap in the StanJamesUK.com Stakes.
"We are forecast dry, warm weather for both Saturday and Sunday and the track is just where I wanted it to be at this stage. We've had cloud cover all day today and the going stick reading is 9.4. It's my aim to maintain that for Saturday so I will be watering tomorrow to the tune of about 6mm."
Stan James 2000 Guineas betting: 3 Adagio, 4 US Ranger, 6 Haatef, 13-2 Strategic Prince, 7 Major Cadeaux, 10 Diamond Tycoon, 12 Dutch Art, 18 Cockney Rebel, 20 Duke Of Marmalade, 33 Eagle Mountain & Truly Royal, 40 Tobosa & Vital Equine, 66 bar
TEOFILO TO MISS STAN JAMES 2000 GUINEAS - STATEMENT ISSUED ON BEHALF OF JIM BOLGER
Teofilo had a blow out this morning at 6.30am over five furlongs and moved with his usual fluency. He gave every indication that he was fit and ready to run.
Unfortunately at 9.00am there was excessive heat, and some soreness at the back of his off-fore knee when palpated. After discussions with my senior staff I have decided that it would not be prudent to run him in Saturday's Stan James 2000 Guineas.
Consequently, I shall not be declaring him for the race.
My staff and I have made every effort to have Teofilo fit and well for the first Classic of 2007 but must now accept that a cautious approach is the correct way to go as more serious damage could be done if subjected to a race at this time
A further press release on his condition will be issued in two weeks.