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2016 2000 Guineas Ante Post Betting Preview PT 4

Of the selections outside of the immediate chasing pack, Hit It A Bomb is probably the most likely to factor into things based on what we have seen of him and he does have the distinction of being one of the few genuinely undefeated horses that are still left in the mix for the Guineas. You will find Hit It A Bomb trading anywhere from about 16/1 all the up to a 20/1 price tag at the time of this writing.

It puts him about on par with the interesting Ultra who was able to finish the season undefeated and also capture the prestigious Grand Criterium at Longchamp to cap off his two-year-old campaign. He’s forged a good partnership wth Mickael Barzalona and has delivered for punters in all three of his outings. 

The French contender is obviously expected to enjoy longer distances and that’s why he retains an entry to both the Qipco 2000 Guineas and the Investec Derby about six weeks later. It’s worth noting that all three of his races came with different types of trips - making all in his debut against a field of 12 before being held up in a listed stake at Longchamp and then Barzalona deployed a clever tracking trip in the Grand Criterium to lock down the race by a very slim margin. 

Punters will find Ultra priced anywhere from a 14/1 margin all the way up to a 20/1 price tag. 

Buratino is probably one of the most heavily-raced horses who is in the mix to take down the 2000 Guineas and he can be spotted in the betting markets as high as a 25/1 price with several books keeping him floated down to a 16/1 margin. He is pointed at both the English and Irish Guineas so it will be worth keeping an eye on him to see if his connections prefer a specific option. 

Many expect that more than a few will skip the English classic in favour of the Irish one if Air Force Blue is expected to tackle just the Qipco 2000 Guineas. Buratino is one of those ones who will be looking to avoid him despite being the only horse in the reckoning to have gotten the better of him. 

An early developing colt out of the Godolphin yard he has his two-year-old debut as early as late March when he triumphed at Chelmsford when sent off as the 9/4 betting favourite. He has never finished outside of the top three in any of his eight previous races and he’s shown the ability to tangle with the best of them. Still just a listed winner, he is Group 1 placed after finishing half a length behind Shalaa in the Middle Park Stakes.