Nunes hopes to solve Sotomayor puzzle with 2000 Guineas win

April 06, 2017
Anthony Nunes (right) and his stable rider Linton Steadman. Steadman will be aboard SOTOMAYOR in Saturday's 2000 Guineas.

Anthony Nunes' SOTOMAYOR created a major upset in December's Jamaica-Two-Year-Old Stakes, defeating previously unbeaten favourite SHE'S A MANEATER. However, three months on, he has failed to live up to that early promise as a three-year-old heading into Saturday's 2000 Guineas.

SOTOMAYOR has raced twice since his Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes win, finishing down the track in both events. He comes into Saturday's feature with a record of three wins from six starts.

Nunes is not overly excited about SOTOMAYOR's chances, saying he is just as curious as anybody about how he will perform.

"He's a little to be desired but working as how he ought to work. It shows that he hasn't improved since he has turned three years old, but he has been running against older horses so we will have to wait and see now that he is running against his own age group again," he said..

Following his emphatic victory over SHE'S A MANEATER in December, SOTOMAYOR'S dip in form remains puzzling to Nunes, who is hoping it comes together for the three-year-old colt on Saturday.

"I have no explanation. There is nothing physically wrong with him.. So, yes, I am very disappointed in his development, but I am just hoping that he will turn up, so we will all find out together," he said.

Nunes expects SOTOMAYOR's main competition to come from FEARLESS SAMURAI, DON CHASSIS and MARKET FORCE. However, he warned that "it will be a competitive race and I have more than one horse in all the races but I have faith in all of them".

Nunes' other runners in the 2000 Guineas are DONTAE and ICTUS, drawn at post-positions three and five, respectively, whereas BALAZO is an also-eligible, at 18, hoping two runners are scratched this afternoon for him to come in at 16, the maximum allowed to race at a mile.


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