No stopping Chace The Great
CHACE THE GREAT is the controlling speed in a 1820-metre rematch with old rival ORPHEUS in tomorrow's third event as they continue to prep for June's Jamaica Derby and possibly a crack at the May 21 Governor's Cup.
The Derby aspirants have exchanged places in their last three meetings. Anthony Nunes' ORPHEUS drew first blood, beating CHACE THE GREAT at 1200 metres in February before the tables were turned in the Prince Consort Stakes at 1400 metres in March.
In April's 2000 Guineas at a mile, Dwight Chen's CHACE THE GREAT made a gallant attempt to steal the race coming off the home turn. After racing two lengths clear at the top of the straight, he was caught inside the final half furlong by FUTURE KING and further relegated by ORPHEUS almost at the wire.
ORPHEUS was outsped by CHACE THE GREAT in the 2000 Guineas. He only overhauled his old rival due to splits of the sprint-like pace, which he had no part of and was fresher than CHACE THE GREAT in the closing stages.
Tomorrow's small six-horse field affords CHACE THE GREAT an outstanding chance of dominating from the start. GARY GLITTER is expected to be on the lead after franking his encouraging Guineas run with a follow-up victory at 1000 metres round.
However, CHACE THE GREAT's class should see him turning back GARY GLITTER without doing much to leave him exposed to ORPHEUS, who is bound to come from off the pace again.
Chen has fitted CHACE THE GREAT with cheek pieces in which he galloped five and a half furlongs in 1:07.3 last Wednesday morning. ORPHEUS has also worked well, six furlongs in 1:13.2, but won't have enough help to catch CHACE THE GREAT this time around.