04/29/2004 11:00PM

Red Bloom heads Guineas


Michael Stoute will saddle Red Bloom as the the 7-2 favorite in the 1000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket on Sunday, the filly's first start of the season.

The winner of last September's Group 1 Fillies Mile at Ascot, Red Bloom is by Selkirk out of a French 1000 Guineas third-place finisher. Kieren Fallon will break Red Bloom from post 7 in the $531,000 Guineas against 16 rivals going a mile on grass.

Godolphin will send out three challengers from Dubai. Sundrop, who won her maiden on dirt, was 1 1/4 lengths second to Red Bloom in the Fillies Mile. She was a close second to stablemate Cairns (another Guineas starter) in a private trial at Nad Al Sheba last month, but she is open to improvement.

Carry on Katie, 3 for 3 with a season-capping triumph in the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes, is Godolphin's other runner.

Majestic Desert prepped well with a victory in the Group 3 Fred Darling Stakes, while Silca's Gift was supplemented after winning the Group 3 Nell Gwyn Stakes. Of the eight Guineas starters who have raced this year, the one with the best chance may be Hathrah, a nine-length winner of the listed Easter Stakes three weeks ago. Aidan O'Brien brings his Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Necklace, but she may be better suited by something longer.