Another Vigorous to win competitive 2000 Guineas on Sunday
A competitive line-up of colts and geldings will face the starter in Sunday’s 2000 Guineas at Caymanas Park including last year’s Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes winner, MARQUESAS, and the much-improved EL PROFESOR, who beat him into fifth place in last month’s Prince Consort Stakes.
Also in the fray is ANOTHER VIGOROUS, who narrowly lost the 1400-metre Prince Consort Stakes to EL PROFESOR, returning with hopes of turning the table with a nine-pound weight swing in his favour going a mile.
Trainer Michael Marlowe’s MARQUESAS, who has Shane Ellis astride, also has the handicaps to his liking after carrying topweight 126lb and finishing fifth, beaten three and a half lengths, behind EL PROFESOR (111lb), ANOTHER VIGOROUS (120lb), DRONE STRIKE (110lb) and WESTERN LEGEND (115lb).
MARQUESAS had not raced since the Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes on Boxing Day and was slowly into stride from post-position one and could start favourite after his creditable run with topweight in the Prince Consort.
Rowan Mathie’s ANOTHER VIGOROUS had missed the Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes and was venturing beyond 1200 metres for the first time when he was outfinished by EL PROFESOR. However, he has trained very well since and has a change of rider with three-time champion jockey Dane Nelson replacing non-claiming apprentice Linton Steadman.
Patrick Taylor’s COMMANDER TWO, an impressive winner of his last two races, both over 1500 metres, will be coming to make every yard of the running, possibly setting up the race for closers such as champion trainer Wayne DaCosta’s pair of WITHOUT EXCEPTION and DRUMMER BOY, the mount of champion jockey Omar Walker.
Trainer Patrick Lynch, who won Saturday’s 1000 Guineas with DISABILITY CHARM, should not be counted out with his DRONE STRIKE appearing to be an improving sort with former two-time champion apprentice Doushane Gordon aboard.
Jockey Robert Halledeen, who won the 1000 Guineas aboard DISABILITY CHARM, is astride Fitznahum Williams’ WESTERN LEGEND, who returns treated with lasix for the first time after bleeding and finishing fourth in the Prince Consort.
Similar to Saturday’s 1000 Guineas, the 2000 Guineas will be the final event of the afternoon on a 10-race card, which runs off at 12:05 p.m.