2000 Guineas
Haatem Storms to Impressive Craven Victory and Enters 2,000 Guineas Contention

Haatem Storms to Impressive Craven Victory and Enters 2,000 Guineas Contention

The winner of the Group 2 Vintage Stakes as a juvenile, the son of Phoenix Of Spain, showed great progress when moving up in distance to a mile and pulling away from his competitors in the final furlong. This performance led to his odds being slashed to 20-1 (from 100) by Betfair Sportsbook and Paddy Power for the upcoming 2,000 Guineas over the same track and distance. Additionally, he is now priced at 25-1 (from 66) with Coral for the opening Classic of the year.

Speaking about the horse, jockey Sean Levey praised its professionalism and impressive performance, highlighting the horse’s size and strong mentality. He also emphasized the horse’s consistent performance and potential, and the ability to maintain strength throughout the race. Regarding Haatem, who raced nine times as a two-year-old, it was noted that he had faced significant defeat in two starts behind the red-hot 2,000 Guineas favorite City Of Troy in both the Superlative Stakes and the Dewhurst.

It was suggested that he may join a strong Newmarket team for Hannon against the Ballydoyle star, alongside Group 1 winner Rosallion. Hannon expressed confidence in Haatem’s ability, especially in winning the Craven, and believed that his performance was beyond average, making the odds for the Guineas look generous. The race also saw Eben Shaddad finishing in second place, followed by Sons And Lovers in third.

Notably, leading contenders Native Approach and Alcantor were eager in the early stages but faded to finish fifth and sixth. Racing Post offers the best deals, all in one convenient place.

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