Make no mistake about Bilingual
BILINGUAL got her blowout run two weeks ago at a distance short of her best and performed creditably enough behind the speedster LOOSE CANNON to be given a firm nod in tomorrow's ninth event at a mile.
Returning off a near five-month lay-up on September 16, after a classic campaign which started with the seven-furlong Thornbird Stakes in March, the fillies' Guineas at a mile, the first Saturday in April, and the 10-furlong Oaks three weeks later, BILINGUAL wasn't the sharpest knife in the kitchen at five-and-a-half furlongs.
Anthony Nunes has crowded the 11-horse field with five runners, including BILINGUAL, going up against a trio from Gary Subratie's barn. Though Nunes and Subratie have numbers in their corner, Richard Azan's lone runner, CAPTUREMYSHIP, has been improving with every race, winning three of four starts, the last being a five-and-a-quarter length romp at 1500 metres in June, suggesting he should have no problem at a mile.
The quality of CAPTUREMYSHIP's victory can be measured by the time clocked, 1:33.0, as against NIGHT LIGHT's 1:34.3 posted earlier this month, putting them in differing classes.
BILINGUAL, however, should be able to cope with Azan's improving colt. In addition to being seven pounds lighter, she has faced the best of the three-year-olds this year whereas CAPTUREMYSHIP has dodged those bullets buy not competing in any of the classics.
Nunes' BILINGUAL faced the best of the best, finishing two lengths third behind SHE'S A MANEATER and MONEY MAGNET in the Thornbird Stakes and returned to chase home the eventual Triple Crown winner in the fillies' Guineas, which, by the way, was 1.2 seconds faster than the colts' 2000 Guineas, the same afternoon.
However, the brave filly's stamina limitations, bred Fearless Vision-Electrifying, was exposed at 10 furlongs in the Oaks when she finished distressed, but far from disgraced, 12 lengths behind MARLENE MY LOVE after being five off at the furlong pole.
Far from being short on class, BILINGUAL will certainly enjoy an easier pace, no tearaway LOOSE CANNON to contend with, and should outclass WESTERN WARRIOR whenever Panamanian jockey Dick Cardenas asks her to have a go at the expected leader.