Lady Blue and Toona Ciliata win Guineas Trials
Six-time champion jockey, Omar Walker, stars at Caymanas Park with three winners on Saturday, March 16, 2019.
Six-time champion jockey, Omar Walker, on Saturday rode a three-timer at Caymanas Park, including Wayne DaCosta's LADY BLUE in the Thornbird Stakes, turning the tables on Anthony Nunes' 4-5 favourite, CORAZON, who finished fourth in the seven-furlong fillies' Guineas prep.
Nunes' TOONA CILIATA won the Prince Consort Stakes for colts and geldings with Shane Ellis, upstaging stablemate EARN YOUR STRIPES by disputing the lead and outstaying FATHER PATRICK with Walker aboard.
FATHER PATRICK failed to stay the trip and surrendered the lead to a rallying TOONA CILIATA a half-furlong out. FATHER PATRICK finished a length ahead of the 2-5 favourite, EARN YOUR STRIPES, a length and a half behind the winner's final time of 1:25.4
In the Thornbird Stakes, Walker put LADY BLUE on the lead early, pressed by PRINCESS LAUREN and Nunes' PRINCESS AVA, while CORAZON stalked not too far away in fourth place.
Despite improving into second, coming off the home turn, CORAZON had no answer when Walker kicked on 8-5 chance LADY BLUE, after taking a quick glance over his right shoulder at Robert Halledeen aboard Nunes' struggling runner.
LADY BLUE stayed on well to beat 12-1 outsider, PRINCESS AVA, by two and a quarter lengths, establishing herself as the 1000 Guineas favourite, clocking a final time of 1:26.0.
Walker won the following event astride Peter McMaster's 3-5 favourite, RAS EMANUEL, at five furlongs round, beating MY SISTER by a head in a stretch duel, moving to 18 winners after earlier landing the second event with PAPA ALBERT.
DaCosta and Welsh Soutar each saddled two winners. DaCosta opened the 12-race programme with the 3-2 chance, YAYA'S DREAM before Soutar landed the next two events with PAPA ALBERT and JASON'S GOLD.
Racing continues at Caymanas Park on Saturday.