Marquesas could return with a bang in overnight allowance race
Down in class but racing for the first time in nine months, last year’s runaway St Leger winner, Michael Marlowe’s MARQUESAS, could make a winning return to the races in Caymanas Park’s overnight allowance at a mile on Wednesday.
Last beaten by grade-one campaigner BIGDADDYKOOL in the Nigel Nunes Memorial, MARQUESAS has been well trained for his return in a race which should have a strong pace being blazed by Wayne DaCosta’s speedsters, DRUMMER BOY and DYSFUNCTIONAL, aiming to set up the event for their stablemate, LOTTERY TICKET.
The other closers in the event are Anthony Nunes’ pair of DONTAE and FAYROUZ, plus Spencer Chung’s MY ELLE BELLE, who was recently beaten by UNCLE VINNIE at seven and a half furlongs.
However, MARQUESAS has been prepared with a mile in mind. He has had consecutive seven-furlong gallops, followed by sprints, five-and-a-half, and three-furlongs.
Last year’s Oaks winner, FAYROUZ has looked sharper at exercise for her third outing off a four-month lay-up. She had beaten FAYROUZ by a short head at seven and a half furlongs last September, reversing an 18-length slam in the St Leger.
However, MARQUESAS had issues which resulted in him running only once after, still managing to beat the likes of DONTAE for second in the Nigel Nunes Memorial. Marlowe’s loyalty to Shane Ellis has kept the veteran aboard MARQUESAS, carrying topweight 126lb, certainly a risk off a nine-month lay-up, but one he seems to have confidence in.
An almost-full field of 14 will face the starter at 6:10 p.m. for the overnight allowance, bringing down the curtains as the 10th event.