Search for Hidden rider ends in Hills

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Michael Hills has been given the plum ride on Hidden Meadow in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket a week on Saturday. Ian Balding has chosen him ahead of Ray Cochrane for the colt, the five-length winner of the European Free Handicap under Frankie Dettori last week. Dettori will partner Shamikh for Godolphin in the first Classic.

"I discussed it with the owner [George Strawbridge] and the fact that Ray Cochrane had ridden Selkirk for him came into consideration. But Michael won on Hidden Meadow last year and rode him when he was third in the Horris Hill Stakes.

"It is never a bad thing to have previous experience of riding a horse. He behaved beautifully at Newmarket but he can be a bit spooky at home.

"After seeing the Guineas trials I am most frightened of the first two favourites who haven't run yet this year [Shamikh and Entrepreneur]," Balding said. "But I think Hidden Meadow has an excellent each-way chance."