Hot Snap propelled into the 1000 Guineas shake-up with a mightily-impressive victory in the Group Three Nell Gwyn Stakes as the Sir Henry Cecil-trained 10/1 shot showed a tremendous turn of foot in the closing stages to fend off Sky Lantern in a vintage renewal of the Classic trial.
Tom Queally was always in behind on the half-sister to Midday, but along with Sky Lantern the pair quickened in taking fashion to pull well clear of their rivals, but it was the Warren Place inmate that stayed on the best and duly won two-and-a-quarter lengths and a return to Newmarket for the Guines could be on the cards.
2013 Nell Gwyn Stakes Result:
1. Hot Snap (T Queally) 10/1
2. Sky Lantern (R Hughes) 11/4 Fav
3. Winning Express (F Norton) 11/1
The Nell Gwyn Stakes is a Group Three race run at Newmarket's Craven Meeting over seven furlongs for three-year-old fillies and is regarded as a trial for the 1000 Guineas.
Established in 1961 is one of the star attractions of the early flat season and the race has traditionally attracting some of the leading three-year-old fillies, who have looked to use the race as a springboard to bigger and better things later on in the season.
Clive Brittain's Pebbles was a sensational winner of the 1984 Nell Gwyn before she went on to Newmarket the following month to lift the coveted 1000 Guineas prize before in her four-year-old days notching up yet more Group success in the 1985 Eclipse Stakes, Champion Stakes and Breeders' Cup Turf.
However, her achievements were eclipsed just a year later as Sir Henry Cecil's Oh So Sharp stormed to victory in the 1985 Nell Gwyn and the Warren Place-trained superstar went on to dominate the flat scene. She progessed immeasurably and recorded the tremendous feat of bagging the Triple Crown.
After winning the 1000 Guineas, she stormed to glory at Epsom in the Oaks before rounding off the season with victory in the St Leger and secure the coveted trilogy which has not been matche since.
More recently, Sir Michael Stoute's Petrushka was a notable winner in 2000, whilst Pam Sly's Speciosa was the last horse to bag victory in this race and also notch up success in the 1000 Guineas and that classy double came in 2006 to highlight that this contest often attracts the leading protagonists for the first ladies' Classic of the season.