Guineas races highlights race meet
NUCLEAR AFFAIR is virtually impossible to oppose in the Post To Post 1000 Guineas, having proven herself heads and shoulders above her peers by narrowly losing the Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes last December and being unbeaten in two starts this season.
However, the same can't be said of FUTURE KING in the 2000 Guineas. He has only raced once since beating NUCLEAR AFFAIR by a head in the Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes. Though he wasn't disgraced among older horses, were it not for MIRACLE STAR hindering SHINING LIGHT, FUTURE KING would have finished fourth in that event.
News of FUTURE KING being injured and having to miss his Guineas prep race on March 19 doesn't sit well either for the dark bay colt. Some of his peers some have shown improvement as three-year-olds - especially Dwight Chen's CHACE THE GREAT, who only ran once as a two-year-old.
CHACE THE GREAT's victory in the Prince Consort Stakes, given far too much to do by his rider, Aaron Chatrie, belied his overall performance.
Breaking from post-position 11 in the 12-horse field, CHACE THE GREAT was sharply away and led for almost the first furlong before being strangely taken off the pace by Chatrie. He disappeared behind horses from the half mile before reappearing along the rail entering the stretch run, almost blocked by ORPHEUS before boring through inside the final furlong.
However, Chatrie's strange ride could be explained in the context of CHACE THE GREAT's previous race, which he had lost to ORPHEUS.
CHACE THE GREAT not only turned the table on an improved ORPHEUS in the Prince Consort Stakes, he also beat BIGDADDYKOOL and JAMAI RAJA, two of the fancied runners for the classics.
Being the least experienced of the lot, CHACE THE GREAT only stands to return a better horse for the 2000 Guineas. His final time of 1:26.4 for the Prince Consort Stakes was a fifth better than NUCLEAR AFFAIR's 1:27.0 in the fillies' Thornbird Stakes. This puts him ahead of the filly, who many believe would beat FUTURE KING in a rematch of the Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes based on current form.
CHACE THE GREAT's pace and expected improvement gives him a grand chance to upstage a suspect FUTURE KING, especially from post-position seven, which should see him claiming the rail from pretty early down the backstretch.