SAEED BIN SUROOR has every right to have a spring in his step as he heads into Guineas weekend as he once again has a leading contender in the Qipco 2000 Guineas in the shape of Royal Marine.
The Raven’s Pass colt displayed his Classic pretensions when beating subsequent easy Ballysax Stakes winner Broome in the Group 1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagadere at Longchamp last October and an unsatisfactory effort in a messy race for the Craven Stakes in no way undermines his chance in Saturday’s Mile challenge.
Royal Marine has pleased his handler in his exercise since and Bin Suroor bids to win the Classic for a third time after earlier successes with Mark Of Esteem (1996) and Island Sands (1999)
The year has already started with a bang for Saeed as he enjoyed what he considers is his finest horse when Thunder Snow gave him a ninth Dubai World Cup when beating Bronkowski at Meydan in March to gain back-to-back victories in that event and, as always, he has plenty of ammunition in his Newmarket base to make their impact felt in Group 1 company during the coming months.
With the 2000 Guineas approaching fast, Saeed kindly spoke to Tony Elves of attheraces.com about Royal Marine and other established and potential stars under his care.