05/02/2002 11:00PM

Queen's Logic live in 1000 Guineas


Queen's Logic is all the rage at odds of 8-5 to give trainer Mick Channon, former captain of the English national soccer team, his first British classic victory in the 1000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket on Sunday.

Undefeated in five starts, Queen's Logic was Europe's champion 2-year-old filly last year. By Grand Lodge, she won her juvenile campaign with a seven-length rout of Sophisticat in the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket. She showed she was as good as ever when taking the Group 3 Fred Darling Stakes on April 20 by 1 3/4 lengths from Roundtree, who tries her again in this Group 1 mile.

Channon, 53, who has been training since 1990, will give Steve Drowne a leg up on Queen's Logic, for whom two obstacles stand in the way. One is Gossamer, the Luca Cumani-trained winner of the Group 1 Fillies Mile, who makes her 2002 debut as the 2-1 second choice. The second is her draw of 18 in a field of 18.

While the 1000 Guineas is run on the straight Rowley Mile, the gate Sunday will be placed on the grandstand side of the course, meaning that Queen's Logic will break in the middle of a wide track without a rail to guide her, and so will need every bit of her talent to succeed.

Misterah, winner of the Group 3 Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket on April 16, and Alasha, an unlucky fourth in that race, have solid chances, but Kazzia, Godolphin's German-bred wintertime purchase, is a longshot coming off a second in a private trial at Nad Al Sheba a month ago.

Aidan O'Brien will saddle four runners in this $440,000 race. Quarter Moon and Maryinsky, both by Sadler's Wells, look more like Oaks-type fillies, but Lahinch, winner of the Leopardstown 1000 Guineas Trial on April 14, is a tempting longshot at 25-1.

* Newmarket began its Guineas Meeting Friday, with Marienbard's neck win over defending champ

and 9-4 favorite Millenary in the 1 1/2-mile, Group 2 Jockey Club Stakes. The 9-1 Godolphin second-stringer, who was timed in 2:30.09 on good ground, may have cost his stablemate Kutub the race when he impeded the four-time Group 1 winner in deep stretch, causing Frankie Dettori to snatch up in mid-rally. Kutub was fifth, beaten 2 1/2 lengths.