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Published: 30/04/2015

There`s a new favourite for Sunday`s 1000 Guineas as Jim Bolger`s Lucida replaces Aidan O`Brien`s Found at the top of the betting tree. The Godolphin-owned Lucida will be looking to record her second Newmarket win on Sunday following her picking up of a Fillies` Group Two at the track back in the September of last year. This will be her second Group One appearance after failing to impress in Newmarket`s Dubai Fillies` Mile in October, only managing sixth when the 6/5 favourite. This her first run of the season, she picked up a win on her debut so should perform well fresh. Lucida can be backed at the best price of 5/1 (betway).

Out of Galileo, Found is no stranger to Group Ones, she finishing third and just three-quarters-of-a-length shy of eventual winner Cursory Glance in the Curragh`s Moyglare Stud Stakes. O`Brien`s three-year-old would find more success in a Group One at Longchamps in France, securing the Total Prix Marcel Boussac by two-and-a-half lengths. That her second success from three outings, betway have the best price of 11/2 on Found finishing the first past the Rowley Mile finishing post.

Found is just one of three potential O`Brien mounts as the trainer looks to seal his third ever 1000 Guineas. The County Wexford-born handler could also be represented by Qualify and Together Forever.

This pair of horses are two of the most experienced on the track, Qualify having been ridden in seven races and Together Forever in six. The former is a Group Three winner at the Curragh though failed to put her best foot forward in the Group One Breeders` Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita. Despite this end of season set-back, all of paddy Power, Skybet and Stan James have Qualify at 10/1 though she is as short as 6/1 at some bookmakers.

Together Forever got the better of Lucida when taking home the Newmarket Dubai Fillies` Mile at the end of last season. The only concern is how she will run fresh after it took her four runs to pick up her first ever victory as a two-year-old. Another out of Galileo, she won all three of her last races and will be hoping to make it four in a row in the 1000 Guineas. Together Forever is up for grabs at 7/1 at a handful of bookies.

Also at 7/1 (Numerous), is Barry Hills` Fadhayyil. This lightly raced charge of Hamdan Al Maktoum will be looking to reverse the form on Lucida after finishing a length off the favourite in Newmarket`s 7f Shadwell Rockfel Stakes. Whilst this seems unlikely if the current market leader turns up in top form, Fadhayyil will be ready to pounce should Lucida show any signs of weakness.

Richard Hannon`s Osaila is the partner of the in-form Frankie Dettori, the Al Shaqab Racing filly probably the pick of the remainder. Osaila is only one of a few to have had a run out already this season, picking up Newmarket`s Group Three Nell Gwyn Stakes at the beginning of the month. As a two-year-old, Osaila picked up her first victory at Newmarket before finishing third in the Santa Anita fillies` race.

Ladbrokes still have Osaila available at 10/1.

What about those horses at large prices at the other end of the betting table? Saeed bin Suroor`s Local Time is unbeaten in his last six but is more used to fast surfaces - a 25/1 shout at bet365 and others. Terror picked up a listed race at Newmarket but will be taking a massive hike in class should she line up here. She can be backed at 33/1 at most bookmakers.

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