Ed Walker: Don't underestimate Stormy Antarctic
Last Updated: 20/04/16 1:01pm
Trainer Ed Walker believes Stormy Antarctic should not be underestimated ahead of his bid for Qipco 2000 Guineas glory at Newmarket.
A high-class juvenile last season, the three-year-old made a most impressive start to the new campaign when claiming the scalp of Foundation in last week's Craven Stakes over the Rowley Mile.
Aidan O'Brien's dual Group One winner Air Force Blue is odds-on across the board for the season's first Classic on Saturday week, but Walker is looking forward to taking him on.
He said: "Stormy Antarctic looks fantastic and has tightened up for last week's run in the Craven. He has come out of it extremely well.
"On form he was entitled to win it as he had a higher official rating than Foundation, but I would be lying if I said that I thought that he would win it like that, coming from so far back when nothing had come from off the pace all day. It was a hell of a performance.
"A lot of people are saying that he is a mudlark but I disagree. Much of his form has come on soft ground but that's just been the way that it's turned out, we haven't gone looking for it - he moves like a fast ground horse and is by an American stallion.
"He was a bit keen in the Craven, but that's not the first time that he's been keen and George (Baker, jockey) says that it looks worse than it is - he's just throwing his head around a bit and is not really fighting him
"I just put it down to freshness and I'm not at all worried about it. He's exuberant, he's just a very happy and playful horse.
"The public seem to have the 2000 Guineas down as a one-horse race, expecting Aidan's to win it - which takes the pressure off a bit - but we certainly don't see it that way.
"It's unbelievably exciting and I'm just praying that everything goes smoothly between now and race day."