04/30/2003 11:00PM

Guineas encore for O'Brien?


Hold That Tiger will be joined by stablemate Tomahawk in the $515,000 2000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday as trainer Aidan O'Brien seeks a repeat of his one-two finish with Rock of Gibraltar and Hawk Wing in last year's one-mile classic.

Hold That Tiger, who went from last to first to take the Grand Criterium in October over last Sunday's Italian 2000 Guineas winner Le Vie dei Colori, is the favorite at about 2-1 for this year's Guineas, while Tomahawk, an unlucky but fast-closing fourth in the Prix de Fontainebleau at Longchamp April 20, is 12-1.

Like Rock of Gibraltar last year, Hold That Tiger is making his seasonal debut in the Guineas. He will be ridden by Michael Kinane while Tomahawk, who had been expected to run in next Sunday's French 2000 Guineas, will be ridden by Johnny Murtagh.

Lateen Sails figures as a dangerous opponent. The handy winner of a maiden race over the Guineas course and distance Oct. 2, Lateen Sails prepped with a victory in one of Godolphin's private one-mile turf trials at Nad Al Sheba April 4. Frankie Dettori has the call for Saeed bin Suroor, who will also saddle UAE Derby runner-up Songlark.

Hurricane Alan, sharp winner of the Group 3 Craven Stakes over the Guineas course and distance April 17, may be the value play at 16-1. He is trained by Richard Hannon.

Group 3 Greenham Stakes winner Muqbil cannot be overlooked, even with Willie Supple replacing the suspended Richard Hills in the saddle.

Dandoun holds off Domedriver

Dandoun held off a late challenge from Domedriver to take the one-mile Group 2 Prix du Muguet by a neck at Saint-Cloud Thursday.

Ridden by Olivier Peslier for British trainer John Dunlop, the 4-1 Dandoun was following up on his recent victory in the listed Doncaster Mile. He was timed in 1:42.70 on good ground.

Thierry Thulliez attempted to bring 2002 Breeders' Cup Mile winner Domedriver from last to first, but the Indian Ridge 5-year-old ran out of steam in the closing stages. He spotted the winner seven pounds.