Ian Links to rejoin winning set
IAN LINKS could not have asked for an easier opportunity to revisit the winners' enclosure since scoring back-to-back wins in January. The four-year-old colt jumps out of the form book against five rivals in tomorrow's Reynold 'Ren' Gonzalves Memorial at 2000 metres.
Forget his stablemate, ALSO CORRECT, who has had the ambulance for company in four races since returning from a two-year lay-up in early March.
Of his other four rivals, BALLON D'OR might have won by 16 lengths on April 26 but could hardly have helped doing so in a seven-horse field of five-year-olds and upwards, non-winners of four races.
As for the trio of MIRACLE STAR, SCAR and RAGING PROSPECT, IAN LINKS' record against each reads: beat MIRACLE STAR in his last three races; finished ahead of SCAR in two of his last three; and was way ahead of RAGING PROSPECT in three of the eight-year-old's last four races.
Trainer Wayne DaCosta badly wants to see IAN LINKS unsaddled in the winners' enclosure. Since stepping up to overnight allowance in January, the four-year-old colt had two close calls in February. First he was beaten a length and a quarter by out-of-class stablemate HOVER CRAFT at eight and a half furlongs before falling victim to another seasoned runner, TIME FOR ARMS, at a mile.
Since then, he has placed third on three occasions, outclassed by winners such as ANOTHER BULLET, UPPA TUNE, and SUPERLUMINAL.
In all three races, he was ridden by Omar Walker, carrying 117lb. Note how DaCosta has asked the champion jockey to make way for the stable's go-to two-kilo claiming apprentice, Jerome Innis, who will ride at approximately 49.0 kilos, which should make IAN LINKS the banker of the day.