Going ‘Above and Beyond’ - Filly favoured for 1000 Guineas spectacle today
ABOVE AND BEYOND simply didn’t fire off the break on last, choosing the wrong day to be slowly into stride on a lightning-fast track, so forgive her 1000 Guineas prep run, a seemingly disappointing fourth-place finish behind NIPSTER, who turned the tables on her after being floored by the filly at a mile.
Having since galloped seven furlongs in 1:26.3, proving that she had needed the run, ABOVE AND BEYOND will be hard to beat in this afternoon’s 1000 Guineas.
Take nothing away from an improved ANOTHER AFFAIR, who, fitted with a tongue-tie, slammed the colt KING ARTHUR and United States-bred BEST DAUGHTER EVER by almost 10 lengths at six and a half furlongs in her prep run.
However, ANOTHER AFFAIR carried 110lb against local non-winners of two races and American maiden BEST DAUGHTER EVER, who proved in her follow-up race that she definitely needed more real estate. Though ANOTHER AFFAIR had her way on the lead in moderate splits, 23.3 and 47.1, before slipping away up the straight, her 1:19.3 with 110lb would have been sorely exposed if pitted against the superior colts and geldings ABOVE AND BEYOND faced a level higher eight days later.
After completing back-to-back wins by humbling NIPSTER at a mile on March 7, ABOVE AND BEYOND returned as the hot favourite. However, returning off a four-month COVID-19 lay-up, the filly was slowly into stride and asked to chase opening splits of 23.4, 34.3 and 46.1, which left her spent in fifth position turning for home.
EAGLE ONE led the speed blitz, which NIPSTER took over and roared into the straight in 58.3. Shane Ellis didn’t ask ABOVE AND BEYOND for much after that, but the filly still managed to finish a respectable fourth under the circumstances.
Now sitting level with her peers, having run all her six career starts against top colts and geldings, including beating 2000 Guineas top contender MAHOGANY at six and a half furlongs, ABOVE AND BEYOND should outclass ANOTHER AFFAIR and company.