Zacinto joins Guineas favourites after dazzling debut

Click to follow
The Independent Online

Zacinto swept into the group of favourites for next year's 2,000 Guineas with a dazzling eight-length win at Sandown yesterday. Newmarket work-watchers have been impressed by the Sir Michael Stoute-trained juvenile's performance on the gallops and he transferred his ability to the course with a fine debut success under Ryan Moore.

The Guineas sponsors, Stan James, along with Coral, Ladbrokes and Totesport, cut him to 14-1 for next year's Classic, with VC Bet going just 10-1. Khaled Abdullah's racing manager, Teddy Grimthorpe, said: "His home-work suggested he was smart and he did it professionally when Ryan got him in the clear. He is a Dansili homebred and has a super pedigree – his grand dam is Oaks winner Reams Of Verse. I will talk to Sir Michael and the Prince and see what they want to do, but he will have to step up in class after that and he will have learnt plenty."

Sakhee's Secret will not bid for back-to-back victories in next Friday's Darley July Cup at Newmarket.

The four-year-old failed to sparkle at home after finishing last in the Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot. His trainer, Hughie Morrison, said: "I think he's a doubtful runner. He ran too bad to be true the other day and though he is clinically fine, he had a temperature last weekend."

All five Irish Classics in 2010 and the 2009 Irish St Leger will be held at Leopardstown while the Curragh undergoes redevelopment. The plan had been to use temporary facilities at the Curragh, but following a meeting of the Turf Club this week the Kildare course will now shut on 26 July, 2009 and reopen in March 2011.