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2016 2000 Guineas Ante Post Betting Preview PT 2

After Air Force Blue you have about four contenders who are all looking like nice each-way opportunities with price tags hovering in the mid-teens. Emotionless, Massaat, Shalaa and Foundation are all fairly plausibly-priced with a few books going 16s but many floating a few of those selections trading as low as 12s. 

Foundation had been undefeated and even captured a solid Group 2 contest prior to finishing a tame third to Marcel in the Racing Post Trophy. The John Gosden trainee could certainly take a nice step forward during his time in the off-season and the son of Zoffany can be spotted in the 12/1 range but there are some books pricing him up to 16/1. 

Emotionless was well-beaten by Air Force Blue in the Dewhurst, finishing dead last about eight lengths off the pace despite being sent off as the second betting choice with a price of 7/4. Prior to that he had taken the Group 2 Champagne Stakes at Doncaster after being sent off at 8/13 with significant support behind him. The Godolphin trainee will need to move forward significantly on that effort but the bookmakers and punters are showing that there is a good amount of support behind him as we get closer and closer to the kick-off of the 2000 Guineas. 

Shalaa looms as the most qualified of Air Force Blue’s rivals and is also a contender known for capturing a number of Group 1 contests and finishing up his two-year-old campaign with five scores on the bounce. He finished well out of the reckoning in his debut effort at Newbury back in May and then came back two weeks later to beat a fairly tricky group of maidens at Newmarket.