Bank on Nuclear Affair
JAMAICA Two-Year-Old Stakes runner-up NUCLEAR AFFAIR ought to be a banker on every bet when she makes her three-year-old debut in tomorrow's third race at 1500 metres, a non-winners-of-two for the B3 Development Group Plaque.
Facing six rivals, of whom only ANOTHER FURY had taken a shot in the Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes, NUCLEAR AFFAIR should be lonely at the wire after losing by a head to the colt FUTURE KING on Boxing Day.
ANOTHER FURY came off the turn fifth in the Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes, just ahead of NUCLEAR AFFAIR, but was left behind by Gary Subratie's filly when she quickened down along the rail to grab the lead from DREAMLINER.
The race should be a good early season warm-up for NUCLEAR AFFAIR ahead of the Thornbird Stakes in March and the season's first classic, April's 1000 Guineas.
Dane Nelson replaces Aaron Chatrie for what should be an armchair ride in the third.
Elsewhere on the 10-race card, Anthony Nunes' MEGATRON and Philip Feanny's DR BANNER, both debutants, get the nod in the divided Mercury Sprint for three-year-olds at 1000 metres straight.
MEGATRON warmed for division one with back-to-back Saturday morning gallops from the gate, clocking 1:00.1 and 1:00.0, January 16 and 23, respectively, beating LITTLEMISSEMMY in her last breeze.