Chaldean Still All Systems Go For 2000 Guineas

James Mackie | @JMackieRacing


Leading 2000 Guineas hope for trainer Andrew Balding, Chaldean is still all systems go for the Newmarket feature after his unfortunate unseat of Jockey Frankie Detorri at the start of the Greenham Stakes on Saturday.

Chaldean was fifth in a moderate novice on debut at Newbury, but it’s what he’s done since that matters. He’s won four on the bounce, including the Group Three Acomb Stakes at York, Group Two Champagne Stakes at Doncaster and then when last seen saw off Royal Scotsman, Nostrum and Aesop's Fables to take the Group One Dewhurst Stakes.

A horse with a superb pedigree being a well bred son of Frankel he has the world at his feet and having both form on good and soft ground he looks bulletproof in this field.

Looking to stake his claim ahead of the first Classic of the season at Newbury on Saturday he went off the odds against favourite for the Group Three Greenham Stakes but coming out of the stalls he jinked left and left Frankie Dettori on the floor.

Despite the unfortunate unshipping of the rider he galloped all the way to the line and is said to be none the worse for the mishap and it is full steam ahead for the Group One at Newmarket in May.

Credit ATR “He’s fine,” said the Kingsclere handler. “None the worse for his little saunter down the track. He had a great time, hardly lost any weight.

“It was an unconventional dress rehearsal, but there we are – it is what it is.”