04/29/2010 11:00PM

Favorite vulnerable in Guineas


Newmarket's Rowley Mile, upon which Sunday's $608,000 1000 Guineas Stakes will be run, requires horses to see out the trip. The final furlong is uphill, so any filly who expects to earn classic black-type Sunday had better come equipped with the proper pedigree.

Many of the principals in the 197th renewal lack just that, notably Special Duty, whom Ladbrokes lists as the 3-1 favorite. A daughter of Hennessy trained by Criquette Head-Maarek, Special Duty won the six-furlong, Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket last fall but was third April 8 in the seven-furlong, Group 3 Prix Imprudence after leading until 150 yards out. Head-Maarek herself said she doubts Special Duty's ability to stay a mile. Moreover, she is 1 for 32 in France this year. Stephane Pasquier will ride.

Music Show won Newmarket's seven-furlong, Group 3 Nell Gwyn Stakes on April 14 but struggled to hold off Blue Maiden, winning by a half-length. Puff and Habaayib, the first two home in Newbury's seven-furlong, Group 3 Fred Darling Stakes, are bred to be sprinters, as is Misheer, the Cheveley Park runner-up who finished fourth in the Fred Darling.

Rumoush, trained by Marcus Tregoning for Hamdan al-Maktoum, has the correct bloodlines. A Rahy filly, she is a half-sister to last year's 1000 Guineas winner, Ghanaati, and has a race over the course, having won the listed 1 1/8-mile Feilden Stakes against colts April 15. Richard Hills, a three-time 1000 Guineas winner, will ride Rumoush, who is 7-1 on Ladbrokes.

Pollenator is coming off a Sept. 11 score in the one-mile, Group 3 May Hill Stakes at Doncaster, where she beat subsequent Group 1 Fillies Mile winner Hibaayeb by a half-length. By Epsom Derby winner Motivator, Pollenator is sure to stay a mile. So, too, is Hibaayeb, Godolphin's Saeed bin Suroor-trained Singspiel filly.

Longshot players should take a long look at Lady Darshaan. By High Chaparral, a two-time Breeders' Cup Turf winner, she is a perfect blend of stamina and speed as a half-sister to Total Gallery, winner of the five-furlong Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp. Last time, in the Fillies Mile on Sept. 26, Lady Darshaan stayed on gamely before finishing second by three-quarter lengths to Hibaayeb despite being hit in the nose by the winning rider's whip and being carried left. She will be ridden by William Buick, who recently guided Dar Re Mi to victory in the Dubai Sheema Classic. Trained by Stan Moore, Lady Darshaan is the value play at 25-1.