Wow Wow favoured to win Jamaica Derby
Wow Wow is favoured to win the Jamaica Derby at Caymanas Park today.
Jamaica St Leger upsetter, NIPSTER, faces the beaten favourite and stablemate, WOW WOW, in Saturday’s Jamaica Derby at Caymanas Park, both renewing rivalry with MAHOGANY, who had a poor start and troubled trip when finishing fourth in the 10-furlong event.
ONE OF A KIND, third in the St Leger, is also back for a shot at the 12-furlong race with title-chasing three-time former champion jockey, Dane Nelson, riding for champion trainer Anthony Nunes.
Trainer Gary Subratie and owner Michros had the pleasure of sweeping the top two places in the St Leger but stable confidence was clearly with WOW WOW, the champion two-year-old of last season with 11 consecutive wins and two losses under his girth.
Ian Parsard’s MAHOGANY, who was second to WOW WOW in the 2000 Guineas at a mile and had prepped for the St Leger with a 10-length win against older horses at eight and a half furlongs in near track-record time, was again considered the main threat.
However, speedy MAHOGANY appeared not to have fancied the sudden downpour at the start of the event, left the gate slow and skidded at the clubhouse turn, losing his position and was shuffled back in the 12-horse field.
WOW WOW appeared to have the race won after going past stablemate ANOTHER AFFAIR and repelling a recovering MAHOGANY turning for home but was cut down by NIPSTER flying along the rail from off the pace inside the final half-furlong.
Robert Halledeen has been retained aboard WOW WOW by Subratie and Linton Steadman has been rewarded for his patient ride with NIPSTER, kept astride the St Leger upsetter by Subratie.
MAHOGANY’s stamina will be tested at 12 furlongs. However, six-time champion Omar Walker renowned for stealing races from in front. ONE OF A KIND is bred to stay all day and has only six runs on his clock, suggesting he has room for further improvement at a trip which he will relish.
The Jamaica Derby is the ninth of 10 events scheduled. First post is 11:10 am.