Clemmie
Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse

Aidan O’Brien, talking to the Racing Post, has intimated that it is far from certain that Clemmie will line-up in the Qipco 1,000 Guineas on May 6th.

The filly, a full brother to Churchill, got better with experience last season, culminating in her victory in the Group One Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket.

But that was over six furlongs and O’Brien stated that she is not certain to stay the mile, while she is also only back in light work, following a stone bruise setback incurred last month.

He said: “Clemmie had a hold-up last month and is only back walking. It’s possible that the Newmarket Guineas might come too soon for her and we might decide to aim her at the Irish 1,000 with possibly a race before then.

“Her brother, Churchill, got a mile but only just, so there are no guarantees that she will get the distance. If she doesn’t then we can always drop her in trip. She showed last season that she has plenty of speed, winning the Duchess of Cambridge and the Cheveley Park.”