Elm Park heads straight for 2000 Guineas after fine 2014

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Andrew Balding has been delighted with the progress made by Elm Park over the winter as his Classic hopeful appeared among 83 entries for the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 2.

The Phoenix Reach colt made rapid progress last season, culminating in a stunning victory in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster in October.

Balding has no plans to run Elm Park in a Guineas trial and will instead head straight to Headquarters.

“The intention is for Elm Park to make his seasonal debut in the 2000 Guineas, he wouldn’t run beforehand,” said the Kingsclere handler.

“He’s a Group Two winner over the course and distance and we’re all in agreement that the Guineas is the best first race for him - it ticks a lot of the boxes.

“He is a quality horse who has already won a Group One over this distance and he has a very high cruising speed.”

All of last year’s leading juveniles are entered, including the Richard Hannon-trained Ivawood, Dewhurst winner Belardo and Godolphin’s Charming Thought.

Aidan O’Brien’s Gleneagles and Highland Reel have their supporters, as does John Quinn’s Coventry Stakes winner The Wow Signal, with America represented by the Wesley Ward-trained Hootenanny.

n Andre Fabre is planning to bring High Celebrity back to Newmarket for the Qipco 1000 Guineas, with the filly among 63 entries in the Classic.

The daughter of Invincible Spirit won two of her four outings last year with both defeats coming at Newmarket in the Duchess Of Cambridge and the Cheveley Park Stakes

The home team is headed by Richard Hannon’s prolific winner Tiggy Wiggy while Eddie Lynam’s Anthem Alexander flies the flag for Ireland with the likes of Found, Together Forever and Lucida all having big claims, too.