Disability Charm lands 1000 Guineas at odds of 7-2
DISABILITY CHARM on Saturday proved her Thornbird Stakes win was no fluke, taking charge of the 1000 Guineas from three and a half furlongs out to win the fillies-only classic by an easy length and three-quarter.
Running at odds of 7-2, DISABILITY CHARM, last month's Thornbird Stakes winner, chased the pair of SERGEANT RECKLESS and HONEY RYDA for the first three furlongs of the one-mile fillies-only race.
Sent in chase of SERGEANT RECKLESS from five furlongs out by jockey Robert Halledeen, DISABILITY CHARM grabbed the lead with three furlongs to run and turned for home with 2-1 favourite HONEY RYDA, the mount of Shane Ellis, hot on her heels.
However, DISABILITY CHARM powered away from her rival inside the final furlong for the victory. LICI'S PEPSI ran on from off the pace claim second at odds of 13-1. HONEY RYDA was relegated to third.
A winner of three races from four starts, DISABILITY CHARM is owned by reggae singer Cocoa Tea. She completed the Guineas mile in 1:41.1, eased near the end of the race by Halledeen.
DISABILITY CHARM handed Halledeen his second winner of the day, joining Dane Nelson and Dick Cardenas as jockeys riding two winners on the 11-race card.
Anthony Nunes saddled three of the day's first four winners to put some distance between himself and 17-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, who he hopes to dethrone this season.
The 2000 Guineas for colts and geldings will highlight Sunday's 10-race card. Last year's Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes winner MARQUESAS, Prince Consort Stakes winner EL PROFESOR, runner-up ANOTHER VIGOROUS and DaCosta's WITHOUT EXCEPTION are the main contenders.