IN just over a week’s time the first two British classics of the season will be upon us and, as ever, Aidan O’Brien will have a strong hand to play in both the 2000 and 1000 Guineas.

The last fortnight has offered a chance for various challengers to stake their claims and the two that have advanced their prospects are O’Brien’s Gustav Klimt and the Godolphin colt Masar who trounced his rivals in last week’s Craven Stakes.