Trainer's fingers crossed on Balazo
Trainer Anthony Nunes is keeping fingers and toes crossed, hoping that connections of at least two nominees for Saturday's Jamaica 2000 Guineas change their minds about competing, which would allow BALAZO a back door into the $3.5m event sponsored by Cash Pot MegaBall.
BALAZO spreadeagled a field of maidens last Wednesday but that wasn't his first outing. All over the winner entering the final furlong of last September's Front Runner Dash, BALAZO took a sudden turn approaching the winning post and jumped into the winners' enclosure, leaving champion jockey Shane Ellis sprawling on the ground.
Six months on, Nunes is hoping the highly rated chestnut gelding has put that horrible episode behind him, considering his manner of victory on return. However, with his peers far advanced in training, Nunes remains sceptical even if BALAZO makes the cut.
"It is a stretch to think he can be a factor in this race, but as the year goes along and he races more, he will do well. If he does get into the Guineas, it will be a tough task for him having just raced only a week-and-a-half ago. He has been entered, but you don't know if he is going to make the top 16," he said.