Commander Two looks the right choice in Race 9 at Caymanas Park
Trainer Patrick Taylor’s COMMANDER TWO was always among the top two-year-olds last season, yet returns with handicaps and distance in his favour on Wednesday, facing eight rivals, five of whom are fillies, at least one running at level weight with the speedy gelding.
COMMANDER TWO is the horse to beat in Wednesday’s ninth race over 1400 metres, though Wayne DaCosta’s filly, BRANDY, and Richard Azan’s colt, MY BEIRUT, had finished ahead of him, second and third, respectively, behind MARQUESAS in December’s Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes.
On Boxing Day, COMMANDER TWO got caught in a speed duel with then unbeaten PATRIARCH, ripping splits of 23.4, 46.0 and 1:11.1 going a mile, which led to improving MARQUESAS sweeping past in the stretch run.
BRANDY and MY BEIRUT were never involved in the early fractions and passed a tiring COMMANDER TWO a half-furlong out.
At the handicaps, BRANDY comes in level with COMMANDER TWO on 52.5 kilos, a weight swing of five pounds in the gelding’s favour, going a furlong shorter.
MY BEIRUT, who sat level at 57.0 kilos with COMMANDER TWO in the one-mile Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes and finished a length and a quarter ahead of him, was way off the pace turning for home and is at a major disadvantage against COMMANDER TWO, the controlling speed, at 1400 metres.
Taylor has kept faith with non-claiming apprentice Javaniel Patterson, who might have ridden a suicidal race in the Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes but had scored a big 12-length win aboard the gelding when he broke his maiden in November.
Post time for the event 4:35 p.m. The first of 10 races runs off at 12:20 p.m.