Ante-post favourite Magna Grecia heads 19 declarations for Saturday’s Classic at Newmarket


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AIDAN O’BRIEN has declared both Magna Grecia and Ten Sovereigns as he looks to strike gold in Saturday’s 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.

O’Brien’s colts both currently head the market and have been declared in a final field of 19 contenders.

 Magna Grecia (left) heads the betting for the first Classic of the season

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Magna Grecia (left) heads the betting for the first Classic of the season

The O’Brien pair face a tough challenge with big-spending owners Godolphin firing three darts at the race in Group 1 winner Royal Marine, the unexposed Al Hilalee and Dark Vision.

Kevin Prendergast’s Madhmoon, beaten at odds-on on his seasonal reappearance, also makes the final field.

Top jockey Frankie Dettori – fresh from a treble at Ascot this week – gets the leg up on Martyn Meade’s Advertise who was last seen finishing behind Too Darn Hot in the Dewhurst last season.

William Haggas’ Skardu landed the Craven last month and takes his spot in the line up.

Trainer John Gosden has two chances with Oisin Murphy booked to ride Kick On who drops in trip after winning the Feilden Stakes last time out. He is joined by stablemate Azano who is one of the big outsiders.

Hugo Palmer sends Set Piece into battle following his third behind Skardu while Momkin – second in that contest – also renews rivalries.

Trainer Richard Hannon has two entered with Urban Icon and King Of Change declared. Andrew Balding’s Shine So Bright, James Tate’s Name The Wind, Kevin Ryan’s Emaraaty Ana, Tom Dascombe’s Great Scot and Simon Crisford’s Sporting Chance complete the field.

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