England's Rose to cool Mahogany over five-and-a-half furlongs
ENGLAND’S ROSE and MAHOGANY, two of Jamaica’s top three-year-olds, square off for the first time at Caymanas Park on Saturday over five-and-a-half furlongs, on a big 12-race card, the second consecutive meet being held with limited spectators.
The three-year-old stars should have started in the seven-furlong Thornbird and Prince Consort Stakes, prep races for the fillies’ 1000 Guineas and the 2000 Guineas, respectively, but the March 22 racemeet was called off as part of a national effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus, which forced a three-month lockdown of the racetrack.
Ian Parsard’s MAHOGANY has been unbeaten in three races after starting his career with back-to-back losses as a two-year-old last season. However, the Sensational Slam-Mete-orite offspring returned gelded and fitted with blinkers to blast home by 14 lengths at five and a half furlongs on December 28.
He has looked even better as a three-year-old, humbling Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes runner-up, TOMAHAWK, at seven furlongs and flooring ENGLAND’S ROSE’s United States-bred stablemates, SIR ALTON and UNCLE POLLY, in a classy gate-to-wire run at seven-and-a-half furlongs.
However, Wayne DaCosta’s ENGLAND’S ROSE, whose only loss in four starts was against 2000 Guineas favourite, WOW WOW, last September, blazed 1:12.2 for six furlongs at exercise last Friday morning. The speedy filly will race with a tongue-tie for the first time this afternoon, the lightest she has ever been, and also has the draw, post-position seven, to her favour whereas MAHOGANY will break from the dreaded one hole with Dane Dawkins.
ENGLAND’S ROSE, a full sister to two-time Horse of the Year, SHE’S A MANEATER reported off a five-month lay-up on February 22 on her three-year-old debut to clock 1:12.0 for six furlongs, posting splits of 22.2 and 45.2, winning by almost nine lengths.
The filly’s sheer speed, clocking splits of 22.4, 34.0, 45.2 and 57.2, last time out should take her home at five and a half furlongs with regular rider, Omar Walker, in the event listed as the ninth race of the day, set to run off at 4:25 p.m.
First post is 11:45 am.