King's Mill can grind down his Feilden rivals

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After the quake on Tuesday at Headquarters there will be more aftershocks in the 2,000 Guineas market this afternoon as another wave of pretenders parades for the first Classic

The most notable movement is likely to come after the Craven Stakes, even if it does not concern a runner in the race. Aidan O'Brien runs Rossini over the Guineas course and distance. He was second in Doncaster's Champagne Stakes last season to Distant Music, but he is not in the vanguard at Ballydoyle. O'Brien already has a line to the Greenham form through Ciro, promoted to first in the Grand Criterium at Longchamp last October in front of Tuesday's winner, Barathea Guest. If Rossini wins this the price about O'Brien's principal hope, Giant's Causeway, will cascade.

For once there is no obvious choice in the Craven, which is usually the stopping-off point for the Guineas winter favourite. King's Best, at 20-1 with Coral, is the shortest-priced Classic entrant of the six runners. As Richard Hills will be on Sir Michael Stoute's Misraah in the Guineas, Kieren Fallon, the Freemason Lodge stable jockey, will probably be on King's Best (3.10) on 6 May. He finished in front of one of today's rivals, Shamrock City, in the Acomb Stakes at York last summer before turning in a quite diabolical performance behind Distant Music in the Dewhurst Stakes. If the devil is out of him today he should win.

There are Guineas aspirants elsewhere. Henry Cecil's Shibboleth has been mentioned in dispatches this spring, but this full-brother to Danehill has been slightly less impressive on the Newmarket gallops of late. His contest can be left to Material Witness (4.15).

Cecil has prospects earlier with Western Summer, who takes in the Feilden Stakes in preference to the Craven. This colt was 20-1 for the 2,000 Guineas a week ago, but is now 10-1 after efforts on the trial grounds which include a piece of work with the highly-rated 1,000 Guineas aspirant High Walden. He is reported the most forward of the Warren Place three-year-olds. Western Summer won on his debut last backend at Nottingham.

There is not much banker material here, however, with young horses emerging for their first competition of the season. More reliable is KING'S MILL (2.05, nap), a recent winner in a good time, who represents the local stable of Neil Graham which has already scored in these surroundings this week.