‘Racing in England is equivalent to playing football in the Champions League’! – Spanish based trainer Enrique Leon
Noozhoh Canarias will be the first Spanish-trained horse to run in a British Classic when he takes the field in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 4.
And Madrid based trainer Enrique Leon said racing in England is equivalent to playing football in the Champions League! “Coming to England is like playing in the Champions League – it’s a dream of everybody in Spain,” said Leon, who has a string of 22 horses at Madrid racecourse.
“Noozhoh Canarias has got beautiful balance and I believe he can adapt very well to Newmarket,” said Leon. After victory in late March at the Madrid La Zarzuela Premio Torre Arias track Noozhoh Canarias has been backed from 33-1 to 16-1 in Newmarket’s Qipco 2,000 Guineas.
The Rowley Mile will be a big test for Noozhoh Canarias – with Aidan O’Brien’s 4-1 shot Australia and John Gosden’s Kingman at 11-10 favourite, leading fancies in the 2014 2000 Guineas betting. But Leon is unfazed: “We’ve got nothing to lose – and a lot to win – so we’re going to take the chance,” said Leon. Noozhoh Canarias jockey is Christophe Soumillon and Leon, 33, formerly employed at James Fanshawe’s Newmarket yard, said: “He’s a very simple horse to train and is very professional. “I believe this year is going to be a very strong Guineas – but we want to try. It’s very tough, but he’s got a big heart, he is a big fighter.”
Betting: Kingman 11-10, Australia, 7-2, Toormore 7-1, Kingston Hill 10-1, War Command 12-1, Noozhoh Canarias 16-1, Outstrip 16-1,
True Story 16-1, Ertijaal 20-1, Geoffrey Chaucer 20-1, Night Of
Thunder 20-1, 25-1 bar.
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