Orpheus will play to script


May 27, 2016
Jermaine Barnaby/Freelance Photographer Shane Ellis pushing ORPHEUS to a convincing 3 1/2 L victory in THE 21 ST RUNNING OF THE SIR HOWARD STAKES at Caymanas Park on Saturday, February 27.

ORPHEUS is very hard to oppose in tomorrow's Lotto Classic Governor's Cup after his commanding win at 1820 metres three Wednesdays ago. The improving chestnut colt's seven-and-a-half lengths win over CHACE THE GREAT franked his second-place run behind top colt FUTURE KING in the 2000 Guineas.

With leading Derby contenders FUTURE KING and NUCLEAR AFFAIR ducking the Lotto Classic, ORPHEUS faces no real threat from his 11 rivals at 10 furlongs.

CHACE THE GREAT tried making all when they had met on May 11 but was absolutely no match for ORPHEUS, who was on to him from four and a half furlongs out, joined him at the half mile, and was tugging for the lead within a half furlong.

Shane Ellis turned for home looking between his legs, beyond CHACE THE GREAT, for danger. When he applied the whip a furlong and a half out, ORPHEUS literally leapt away for a lonely win.

Much is being made of MR. DOITBETTA's 14-length win at 1820 metres late April. However, doing the math, 1:57.2, compared with ORPHEUS' 1:54.3, isn't even worth computing to give the grey a ghost of a chance against Anthony Nunes' runner.

Even CHACE THE GREAT, who was almost eight lengths behind ORPHEUS, clocked a faster time in defeat, 1:56.0, than MR. DOITBETTA's pedestrian 1:57.2.

Trainer Dwight Chen is seemingly trying his best to have CHACE THE GREAT see out the distance, removing the cheek pieces and fitting the gelding with a tongue tie. However, neither will add stamina, which is what CHACE THE GREAT needs to stave off ORPHEUS.

Nicely bred with his dam, La Reina, possessing speed, class, and some amount of stamina, ORPHEUS could be the biggest threat to FUTURE KING in the July 28 Derby at 12 furlongs.

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