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2022 Classic Tips – Early look at the 2000 Guineas, Epsom Derby and St Leger

By Jon Vine
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04 Jun 2022
  • An early look at the three British Classics for colts in 2022
  • The 2000 Guineas is the first Classic to take place in Britain at Newmarket on April 30th
  • This year’s Epsom Derby will be run on June 4th
  • The St Leger then takes place at Doncaster on September 10th
  • Get see our ante-post fancies for these three huge races
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Vertem Futurity Trophy Stakes winner Luxembourg sits prominently in the market for all three colts Classics. (Getty)
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Doncaster will officially get the new flat racing season underway this weekend, as fans take in top races like the Cammidge Trophy, the Doncaster Mile and the lucrative Lincoln Handicap.

It won’t be long now until many of the sport’s top three-year-olds begin their campaigns and the betting for this year’s Classics is already starting to hot up. In this article, I’m going to take a closer look at the three colt’s Classics and highlight a few runners in each who could be worth backing at this early stage.
    British Classic Tips - The Colts
  • 2022 2000 Guineas Odds
  • 2022 2000 Guineas Ante-Post Tips
  • 2022 Epsom Derby Odds
  • 2022 Epsom Derby Ante-Post Tips
  • 2022 St Leger Odds
  • 2022 St Leger Tips

British Classics Tips – The Colts

2022 2000 Guineas Odds

Native Trail3/1
Point Lonsdale10/1
Modern Games12/1
Angel Bleu12/1
Perfect Power12/1

2022 2000 Guineas Ante-Post Tips

Impressive victories in the Superlative Stakes, the National Stakes and the Dewhurst see NATIVE TRAIL top the 2000 Guineas betting. On paper, Native Trail wouldn’t have been your first pick to dominate the division at the start of the season, but four wins from four starts helped Charlie Appleby’s star end his two-year-old campaign with an astronomical rating of 122.

Stablemate Pinatubo - beaten favourite in the 2020 2000 Guineas following an equally impressive juvenile season – was small and stocky, and looked fully developed as a two-year-old. Native Trail, on the other hand, looked like he still had some filling out to do last season and this step up to a mile will only bring about further improvement. 

If he makes it to Newmarket on April 30th in one piece, I guarantee Native Trail will go off much shorter than 3/1. If you fancy the favourite and haven’t already backed him, now’s the time to do it.

Bayside Boy2022 2000 GuineasGET 25/1 HERE
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One who certainly looks overpriced in the betting is BAYSIDE BOY, who enjoyed an excellent two-year-old campaign. Roger Varian’s star won well on debut, before beating Derby entrant Reach For The Moon when they met in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster.

In both the Dewhurst and the Vertem Futurity Trophy, Bayside Boy was held up out the back early on before finishing strongly to place in those Group Ones. Whether he heads to the Craven en-route to the 2000 Guineas or not, based on what he produced last season, Bayside Boy represents excellent ante-post value at 25/1.

Claymore2022 2000 GuineasGET 33/1 HERE
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Another New Bay colt who could be pointed at the Guineas is CLAYMORE, who ran just once for Jane Chapple-Hyam last season. That maiden outing came on the Rowley Mile, where Joe Fanning’s mount made all along the inside rail to beat a short-priced Godolphin favourite by four lengths. 

Despite looking very green and pulling hard throughout the race, Claymore finished the race powerfully and was doing his best work once he met the rising ground. Given his lack of experience, I would expect to see Chapple-Hyam – who sent out Saffron Beach to finish second in both the Nell Gwyn and the 1000 Guineas last season – run her colt in the Craven. Claymore clearly possesses loads of ability, and a good run in that trial would set him up perfectly for an ambitious tilt at this Classic.

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William Buick riding Native Trail (C, blue) win The Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket. (Getty)

2022 Epsom Derby Odds

Native Trail8/1
Point Lonsdale10/1
Reach For The Moon12/1

2022 Epsom Derby Ante-Post Tips

Luxembourg2022 Epsom Derby FavouriteGET 4/1 HERE
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With Native Trail shaping much more like a miler than a stayer, Coroebus could be Charlie Appleby’s main hope for the Epsom Derby. Topping the betting, though, we find LUXEMBOURG, who looked every inch an Epsom contender when winning the Vertem Futurity Trophy.

I was worried a mile might be a little too sharp for Luxembourg when he turned up at Doncaster, but Aidan O’Brien’s colt remained unbeaten with a comfortable Grade One success. 2012 Derby winner, Camelot is yet to sire a winner of Epsom’s biggest price. That could all change in 2022, as Luxembourg could take some beating if he’s progressed again during the winter.

Stone Age2022 Epsom Derby GET 50/1 HERE
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Any runner out of Ballydoyle who turns up in a Classic has to be respected and O’Brien is a master at getting his runners prepared for Epsom. Another colt out of his stable who looks an ideal type for the Derby is STONE AGE, who failed to win in five starts as a juvenile.

O’Brien’s colt was narrowly beaten on his first couple of starts, before losing out by a head to Atomic Jones in the Champion Juvenile at Leopardstown. After labouring on heavy ground at Longchamp, Stone Age enhanced his reputation with a fine third in the Criterium de Saint-Cloud, where he was held up out the back and made eye-catching late progress. Stone Age is already rated 109, despite failing to win a single race. He could have the Derby and the St Leger on his agenda.

As could WALK OF STARS, who won nicely on his second start for Charlie Appleby last season. Following a staying-on third at Newmarket, Tom Marquand’s mount scored an impressive four-length success at Nottingham. Walk Of Stars made the running and looked very green out in front, but once he was angled onto the stands’ rail, the favourite quickly put daylight between himself and the chasing pack.

By the great Dubawi and out of a mare who reached a mark of 97 following a smart victory in a 12-furlong handicap, I’m sure Appleby will have the Derby in mind for Walk Of Stars. He could progress into a proper top-notcher this season.

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Charlie Appleby (second left) and Godolphin will play a strong hand in all three Classics this season. (Getty)

2022 St Leger Odds

King Of Bavaria20/1
Reach For The Moon20/1
Star Of India20/1
Point Lonsdale20/1

2022 St Leger Tips

Goldspur2022 St LegerGET 25/1 HERE
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While few firms are offering betting on the St Leger at the moment, Unibet has opened a fairly extensive market. Stone Age and Walk Of Stars can both be backed at 33/1, and I wouldn’t put anyone off having a speculative dabble on either.

I’m a big fan of GOLDSPUR, who could feature in Charlie Appleby’s squad for the Derby. James Doyle’s mount got up late to win the Flying Zetland Stakes at Newmarket, before running a little too keen when third in the Criterium de Saint-Cloud. Middle distances will bring out the best in this talented stayer and he could be worth an early punt in the St Leger betting.

Desert Crown2022 St LegerGET 25/1 HERE
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Donnacha O’Brien’s Unconquerable impressed during a busy two-year-old campaign and looks the type who will progress as he's stepped up in trip. Brother, Joseph has recently been sent Hannibal Barca, who looked an excellent prospect for Brian Ellison last season and boasts plenty of stamina in his breeding. Neither are currently priced up for the St Leger, but both are certainly worth following nonetheless.

One who does feature in the St Leger betting is DESERT CROWN, who made a lasting impression when bolting up on his only juvenile start at Nottingham last season. Sir Michael Stoute’s debutante looked green as grass, but still ran out a convincing four length victor. Nathaniel has sired many outstanding middle-distance horses and stayers down the years. Desert Crown could be the latest off that production line.


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