Post To Post pumps $4m into Guineas Day
The season's first classics, the 1000 and 2000 Guineas for native bred three-year-old fillies and colts, respectively, will be run at Caymanas Park on Saturday, April 9, and for the second consecutive year Post to Post Betting are title sponsors.
Plans for the 42nd annual Guineas Day were outlined by representatives of the sponsors and Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) at yesterday's launch at Caymanas Park. Each 1600 metres race offers a purse of $3.25 million.
According to Mikey Bell, sports betting manager, Post to Post Betting, the company has donated $4 million towards the day's activities, including $1 million towards the purses of each Guineas, another million to support the remaining races on the card, and a further million to promote the race.
CTL's racing secretary Denzil Miller Jr said the two races, which represent the first legs of the Triple Crown series, are eagerly anticipated by racing fans.
"They provide a real test for the three-year-olds for the Jamaica derby two months later, and is part of $!7 million in total purses for the Triple Crown series this year," noted Miller.
He added that both races should be keenly contested, with last Saturday's impressive Thornbird Stakes winner NUCLEAR AFFAIR the obvious ante-post favourite for the 1000 Guineas.
In the 2000 Guineas, Miller singled out CHACE THE GREAT, winner of last Saturday's Prince Consort Stakes, along with the runner-up ORPHEUS. Ante-post favourite FUTURE KING, winner of the $4.2 million Supreme Ventures Jamaica 2-Y-O Stakes last Boxing Day, is a doubtful starter.