Trainer Anthony Nunes holds strong hand in Guineas prep races
Trainer Anthony Nunes saddles ante-post favourites Corazon and Earn Your Stripes in Thornbird and Prince Consort Stakes.
Trainer Anthony Nunes’, CORAZON and EARN YOUR STRIPES, third and fourth, respectively, behind their second-placed stablemate, SUPREME SOUL, in December’s Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes, are the ante-post favourites for Saturday’s seven-furlong Thornbird and Prince Consort Stakes Guineas prep races at Caymanas Park.
EARN YOUR STRIPES leads Nunes’ charge in the Prince Consort, joined by stablemates TOONA CILIATA and JUICE MAN in the six-horse field, taking on their lone threat, Ian Parsard’s FATHER PATRICK, who ran cracking splits of 22.0, 45.0 and a final time of 1:12.0 in February’s six-furlong Sir Howard Stakes.
Jockey Robert Halledeen is aboard EARN YOUR STRIPES, replacing Panamanian Dick Cardenas, who had partnered the colt in the Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes, losing second close home to SUPREME SOUL after a battle royal on the lead with the winner Wayne DaCosta’s RUN THATCHER RUN.
Omar Walker will try foiling Halledeen with hat-trick seeker, FATHER PATRICK but his mount’s stamina limitations is suspect, bred to sprint and was noted slowing down inside the last half-furlong when beating TOONA CILIATA by three-quarter length in the Sir Howard Stakes.
Halledeen also has the leg up on CORAZON, who is safely expected to continue her dominance over the fillies in the Thornbird Stakes, beating all her peers last season and finishing fourth against colts and geldings in the Jamaica Two-Year- Old Stakes.
Walker is astride DaCosta’s Hot Line Stakes winner, LADY BLUE, trying to turn the tables on CORAZON, who has beaten her in three races, including in the Pick-3 Super Challenge at seven furlongs when they were two-year-olds.
The Thornbird and Prince Consort Stakes are the ninth and 11th events, set to run off at 4 p.m. and 5:10 p.m. on the 12-race card.
First post is 11:30 a.m.