Friday, January 13, 2012

Parish Hall to target 2000 Guineas

Parish Hall, on offer at ante-post odds of between 16/1 and 25/1 for the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket at the start of May has been announced an intended runner by his trainer Jim Bolger and will be trained to make a bold bid for the first colts' classic of 2012, writes Elliot Slater.

Initially considered a more likely type for middle distances and in particular the Epsom and/or Irish Derby, the three-year-old colt, a winner of two of his five starts last term most notably the Group 1 Dubai Dewhurst Stakes on the Rowley Mile in October, showed enough speed to win the race that Frankel took the previous year before going on to success in the mile classic, and while the Bolger's son of Teofilio is not considered within hailing distance of the world's highest rated racehorse, he is now considered far more versatile in trip than had originally been thought. Those following the latest online horse racing betting odds will be keeping an eye on his progress.

A 20/1 shot when getting the better of fellow Irish raider Power by half-a-length at HQ, jockey Kevin Manning has reportedly been instrumental in persuading Bolger that Parish Hall has the required pace to be a genuine contender for the 2000 Guineas as well as the stamina to make a bold show in the Derby. Bolger has now stated publicly that his charge will be trained for both races, bookmakers having included his horse amongst a posse priced up at 20/1 co-second favourites behind the outstanding Aidan O'Brien-trained favourite Camelot, generally on offer at just 3/1.

Prior to his Newmarket win it is fair to say that Parish Hall hadn't really looked a horse out of the very top drawer and many pundits have questioned the value of the Dewhurst form with the first five home having been covered by little more than length.

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