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The Punter: French lady looks to be the Special one in bid for Guineas glory

Special Duty has already tasted success at Newmarket and, despite her seasonal defeat at Maisons-Laffitte earlier this month, is the one to beat in Sunday’s 1,000 Guineas.

French trainer Criquette Head Maarek knows all about winning this one, having done so with Ma Biche (1983), Ravinella (1988) and Hatoof (1992).

The filly needed that early run and it will help leave her cherry ripe this weekend when she can reproduce the form which saw her win the Group One Cheveley Park Stakes last October.

Duty has worked well in the build-up and there is every confidence she will get the mile.

Kieren Fallon (pictured right) has four 1000 Guineas victories under his belt and he rides Luca Cumani’s Seta instead of Music Show on whom he won the Nell Gwyn Stakes over the course a couple of weeks ago.

“I rode Seta early on last year and she was very impressive in her work — she really gave me the feel of a filly that could win the Guineas.

“Seta did a piece of work on the racecourse with two older horses and I was very impressed. The big worry is the ground — she needs good ground or a bit of ease.”

However, it should pay to stick with the French ladies with Pollenator the best each-way value.

1000 Guineas (best prices): 3-1 Special Duty; 6-1 Music Show, Seta; 8-1 Rumoush; 14-1 Pollenator; 20-1 Hibaayeb; 25-1 Puff, Blue Maiden. 33-1 bar.

Belfast Telegraph