Dreamliner's the one
DREAMLINER and ZUGULU, the pair which set ripping splits in last month's Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes, have an epic clash at 1100 metres in tomorrow's third event, which also features speedy BUBBLING KITTEN and arch-rival BLUE DIXIE.
Champion trainer Wayne DaCosta's DREAMLINER made a dash for home in the Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes after shaking loose of ZUGULU off the final turn, clocking splits of 45.3 and 1:11.3 into the lane, but weakened into fourth place behind stablemate FUTURE KING, who caught and beat NUCLEAR AFFAIR at the wire.
ZUGULU had no answer when DREAMLINER kicked with the intention of crippling the field. However, trainer Richard Azan has removed the blinkers he had fitted ZUGULU with for the one-mile Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes, reverting to the figure eight which the dark bay colt had worn in his two previous races.
Wearing the figure-eight, ZUGULU had finished third, ahead of fourth-place DREAMLINER, in November's 1400-metre Pick-3 Super Challenge won by SORRENTINO'S STAR.
However, DREAMLINER had a valid excuse in the Pick-3 Super Challenge when finishing behind ZUGULU. Following his come-from-behind win in the 1200-metre Cash Pot Trophy in October, a similar attempt was made going a furlong longer, resulting in the bay colt flattening out on the bridle before turning for home.
This was proven in the Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes when the tactics were changed and the speedster allowed to run his natural race, which saw him entering the final furlong with a four-length lead and ZUGULU nowhere in sight.
DaCosta's runner is confidently expected to put his five rivals to the sword including the pair of fillies, BUBBLING KITTEN and BLUE DIXIE, who exchanged victories against each other in their last two races.
Whereas United States-bred BLUE DIXIE was not eligible for the Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes, BUBBLING KITTEN bypassed the event, opting for a rematch with her foe, who she had beaten by six lengths 11 days earlier.