Brian Meehan's Blue Bayou 'about to bloom' for 1000 Guineas
Last Updated: 20/04/16 1:28pm
Trainer Brian Meehan expects Blue Bayou to be in A1 condition when she goes for Classic glory in the Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 1.
The daughter of Bahamian Bounty, one of 24 fillies standing their ground following at the acceptance stage, was a leading juvenile last term.
She only lost out in a three-way photo finish in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes and went on to capture the Sweet Solera Stakes at Newmarket, after which she fifth in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh on her final start.
"Blue Bayou has done very well over the winter and the 1000 Guineas is her target," said Meehan.
"It was a bit of a shame that she had to miss her run at Newbury last week but I am not that unhappy about it as she isn't difficult to get fit - in fact she's straightforward in every way.
"I think that the whole timing issue has worked out really well for us as it looks like she is about to bloom and will be bang-on come Guineas day.
"The ground at Newmarket should be no problem - if it came up good to soft, like at the Craven meeting, that would be fine."
All the leading candidates remain engaged, including runaway Fillies' Mile winner Minding and her Aidan O'Brien-trained stablemate Ballydoyle, winner of the Prix Marcel Boussac ay Longchamp in October.
O'Brien is responsible for half of the six potential Irish runners, while Come Alive, Antonoe and Midweek could represent France.
The top British contenders are Cheveley Park Stakes heroine Lumiere, Nell Gwyn scorer Nathra and Duchess of Cambridge Stakes winner Illuminate.