DaCosta's Run Thatcher Run looks set to continue winning ways
Jockey Omar Walkers will be aboard Run Thatcher Run on Saturday.
Last year’s champion two-year-old, RUN THATCHER RUN, continues his quest to be race-fit for the 2000 Guineas, which is two weeks away, April 13, contesting his second event in a week on Saturday, facing 14 rivals in an overnight allowance event at seven and a half furlongs.
Last Saturday, RUN THATCHER RUN dismissed CRUCIAL APPEAL in a six-furlong sprint, his first run off a three-month lay-up, clocking 1:12.3.
Champion trainer Wayne DaCosta has brought the chestnut colt back to the races, stretching him out at seven and a half with his two main rivals being United States-bred stayers - MY ELLE BELLE and SARATOGA SIGHT.
Despite being rushed back into training early March after undergoing a procedure to treat bucked shins, RUN THATCHER RUN won well enough last Saturday and will again use his speed and dominate.
With no matching speed, jockey Omar Walker should be coating on the lead before asking RUN THATCHER RUN to slip away approaching the home turn. In addition, at 115lb, he is in receipt of seven pounds from SARATOGA SIGHT, the more consistent of the two stayers.
With Guineas weekend looming, DaCosta, who outbattled Anthony Nunes to win a 13th consecutive trainers’ title last year, is outnumbered by his rival, having only two main shots at the events - LADY BLUE and RUN THATCHER RUN – in the 1000 and 2000 Guineas, respectively.
Nunes has an army of runners with great chances. His 1000 Guineas hopes are led by CORAZON and PRINCESS AVA, bolstered by new recruit I AM DI ONE. In the 2000 Guineas, his SUPREME SOUL is the ante-post favourite, closely followed by TOONA CILIATA, EARN YOUR STRIPES and DON ALMIGHTY.
RUN THATCHER RUN will go to post in the 10th and final event of the afternoon, set to run off at 5:50 p.m. First post is 12:30 p.m.