It's all about Very Classic
ALEXANDER HAMILTON's VERY CLASSIC is on a hat-trick of wins for Sunday's Keeling Memorial, having proven her class with a big five-length win over sharp-looking MONEY MAGNET, even though coming off a near four-month lay-up earlier this month.
The grey filly faces five rivals in the 1100-metre event including MONEY MAGNET, who returns treated with lasix after seeing nothing but VERY CLASSIC's rear end for the entire 1000 metres of the Terremoto Trophy two weeks ago.
However, both are up against two less-experienced runners, who won contrasting races on their debuts earlier this month, Wayne DaCosta's MR UNIVERSE and Richard Azan's filly, AWESOME SAUCE.
MR UNIVERSE was a lonely winner at four furlongs straight on September 10. He could be anything in the making, having returned to gallop 1:00.2 on the round course last Sunday morning. In addition, DaCosta has shown that he means business by fitting the chestnut colt with a tongue strap and has him booked for the lasix barn race morning.
Azan's AWESOME SAUCE benefited from BALAZO's rail-hurdling antics on September 3, but still clocked a good time, 1:00.4, albeit on a super-fast track. She, however, proved herself a top-shelf horse by returning to post 1:00.1 at exercise on Monday.
Similar to MR UNIVERSE, AWESOME SAUCE will be sent to the lasix barn and should not be discounted as far as improvement is concerned.
VERY CLASSIC, however, showed really good maturity and improvement when beating MONEY MAGNET. She won't have a problem staying the trip and has good tactical speed. Having seen what she can do at full throttle, trainer Anthony Nunes hasn't bothered to ask much of her at exercise, unlike when she had prepped for her last race with 59.3 on the round course.
VERY CLASSIC is, no doubt, being prepared for the October 15 Cash Pot Trophy, worth $2.95m, only that the horse standing in her way that day could be stablemate BALAZO.
Tomorrow's nine-race card will also mark the return of DaCosta's DYSFUNCTIONAL in the 1200-metre Knutsford Park Cup for three-year-olds, non-winners-of-two. It's not advised to oppose the gelding. He recently clocked 1:12.0 at exercise, though not raced in five months.