Cardenas banking on Bilingual in Errol Subratie Memorial
BILINGUAL gets what ardent punters would call a 'bat-up and ketch' for her overnight allowance debut in Saturday's Errol 'Big Sub' Subratie Memorial at a mile.
Reporting with 50.0 kilos, coming off a win at the distance a month ago, clocked in a comfortable 1:39.0, the Guineas and Oaks runner-up should have no equal when Panamanian Dick Cardenas lets her loose.
A half-sister to unbeaten stablemate PATRIARCH, the favourite to sweep this season's Supreme Ventures Two-Year-Old Series, BILINGUAL held her own against the best three-year-olds this season, running big races against SHE'S A MANEATER in the Thornbird Stakes and Guineas, third and second, respectively.
Though her stamina limitations were exposed in a blitz of a run by MARLENE MY LOVE in the 10-furlong Jamaica Oaks, BILINGUAL was still second a furlong out before finishing the race distressed.
BILINGUAL's winning time on last, 1:39.0, chasing cracking splits set by no-nonsense WESTERN WARRIOR, 23.2, 46.1 and 1:11.1, proved that she's every bit a miler - an ideal middle-distance horse.
Though stablemates DYSFUNCTIONAL and GOLD MINER re blessed with speed, both lack the most crucial element of a miler - class. It takes a special horse to be able to chase sprinters for up to six furlongs them find a second and third gear in the stretch run.
Champion trainer Wayne DaCosta has stacked the 11-horse field with three runner - speedsters DYSFUNCTIONAL and GOLD MINER with their run-on stablemate, IAN LINKS, obviously looking to capitalise on a fast-run race.
However, IAN LINKS and Richard Azan's LUCKY STROKE, are giving BILINGUAL 12 and 10lb, respectively, way too much weight for either to catch Anthony Nunes' filly in the stretch run.
Beaten only two-and-a-half lengths by LOOSE CANNON, going five-and-a-half furlongs in a fast 1:05.4, not to mention coming off a near five-month lay-up, BILINGUAL will be super cozy tracking any pace before Cardenas decides to call it a day.
With Cardenas ticking off his 20th winner in nine race days on Wednesday, judging the quality of his mounts on Saturday, he could very well end the day on 25 with BILINGUAL.