Trainer Ed Walker reckons the sun could shine over his 2000 Guineas hope Stormy Antarctic in the big race at Newmarket on Sunday.
Speaking exclusively to 888sport’s Emma Spencer, Walker says his Craven Stakes winner is a match for anything in the race – including red hot favourite Air Force Blue, trained by the mighty Aiden O’Brien.
Speaking on his gallops just a stone’s throw from the Rowley Mile, Walker said: “We are enormously excited by the potential of Stormy Antarctic. It was a great performance in the Craven and he’ll have come on for the run. We only had him at 90 per cent then, his work has improved since and he’s very fresh and well. We think he’s going to step up again and we can’t wait to run.”
Many have pointed to the fact Stormy Antarctic's three career wins have come on ground with plenty of give in it, but Walker vehemently disagrees that rain is necessary for his star horse to run to his best.
“To be honest, it’s more been through accident than design that his wins have come on that ground – we certainly weren’t expecting soft.
“He is a very good moving horse and has a fast ground pedigree, so I really don’t think the ground will make a difference for him.”
Walker trained 34 winners last year and has enjoyed his fair share of Group and Listed success, but a win in the first Classic of the season would be by far his biggest triumph.
Unsurprisingly, Walker admits to a few butterflies. “Every day you’re just hoping he gets back to his stable in one piece, but it’s just nervous excitement. It’s a good position to be in and great for the yard.”
Stormy Antarctic is available for the 2000 Guineas on 888sport at 6/1.
Latest 2000 Guineas betting:
Air Force Blue 4/6
Stormy Antarctic 6/1