Wayne DaCosta, Omar Walker team up to win 1000-2000 Guineas double
?Champion jockey Omar Walker rode identical races to accompany trainer Wayne DaCosta into the history books at Caymanas Park on Saturday.
Walker bided his time just off the leaders for the first half-mile before using his mounts' superior pace to win the 1000-2000 Guineas double aboard She's A Maneater and Fearless Samurai, respectively
DaCosta became the sixth trainer to complete a 1000-2000 Guineas double, joining Paul Newman (1980), Kenneth Mattis (1981), Billy Williams (1991), Philip Feanny (1992 and 1993) and Gary Subratie (2011).
Walker, who experienced Guineas joy in 2014 and 2015, winning the 2000 with Talented Tony K and the 1000 aboard Puddy Pooh, respectively, was notching his first double in the season's classic openers.
Aboard She's A Maneater, he sat fifth but close enough from post-position 10 while Empress Hall, Money Magnet, Marlene My Love and Lightning Lily disputed the lead.
He joined the leaders a half-mile out and took on old rival Money Magnet, racing to the turn as a team while Bilingual started a threatening move to straighten full of running and charging at the leaders.
However, She's A Maneater changed gears a furlong out, leaving Bilingual under pressure and darting to the rail with Robert Halledeen, killing her chances against DaCosta's talented filly, who stopped the clock in 1:39.0 for a mile.
Fearless Samurai was not as impressive, winning in 1:40.2 after stalking and going past stablemate Loose Cannon from three furlongs out. Though eased by Walker, his winning margin was diminishing at the end as Market Force, out for the third time, came charging at the end under apprentice Bebeto Harvey.
DaCosta and Walker accounted for four of the day's 12 races, combining for the two Guineas in addition to Alexander Rew in the third and Vision of Gold in the ninth.