Oisin Murphy believes danger to Alcohol Free in Guineas is not Santa Barbara

Oisin Murphy feels QIPCO 1,000 Guineas contender Alcohol Free will improve from her seasonal debut when she seeks Classic glory at Newmarket.

The daughter of No Nay Never won a Newbury Group 3 by a short-head earlier this month, over the distance of seven furlongs.

Her first try at the mile comes in Sunday's big race, when she will face ante-post gamble Santa Barbara from Aidan O'Brien's yard.

Murphy, who is seeking a third straight victory in the Flat jockeys’ championship this season, said: “I was really thrilled with Alcohol Free at Newbury.

"She was just ready to start off. She did everything nicely in the race. I made her come back and wait and go through the gears and she did it all well.

“She has come out of the race well. She hasn’t done any serious work since – it has all been routine work but she has passed every test so far.

“She really stuck her neck out at Newbury but she wasn’t fully wound up and Andrew (Balding, trainer) made everyone aware of that.

"We certainly felt she would improve for the race. I was happy with her performance and she got to the line well."

Jockey and trainer won last season's 2,000 Guineas with Kameko – and Alcohol Free is priced at 7-1 with official betting partner Betfair to follow the success in the fillies' version.

Murphy fears Pretty Gorgeous and not short-priced market leader Santa Barbara the most.

“The favourite is bred to stay and you have to respect everything that Ballydoyle bring over," he added.

"I think Pretty Gorgeous is a very good filly that brings over lots of experience and she deserves to be right at the top of the betting as well.

"She could be the one to beat."

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