No threat for Commander Two
COMMANDER TWO, the gelding who went kamikaze on the lead with PATRIARCH in December’s Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes, ending up fourth to MARQUESAS, gets an easy assignment at 1400 metres in tomorrow's ninth race.
Whatever his instructions were on Boxing Day, non-claiming apprentice Javaniel Patterson can rest assured he has nobody but himself to chase off the lead and should be able to ride a race similar to Superstakes Day when he won by 12 lengths aboard the speedy gelding.
Facing eight rivals, five of whom are fillies sitting either level or close in the handicaps, COMMANDER TWO has nothing to fear in the line-up.
Though Wayne DaCosta’s filly, BRANDY, and Richard Azan’s colt, MY BEIRUT, finished second and third, respectively, in the Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes, neither were involved in the early fractions and only crowded a tiring COMMANDER TWO a half-furlong out.
At the handicaps, BRANDY comes in level with COMMANDER TWO on 52.5 kilos, having placed second in the Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes, a weight swing of five pounds in the gelding’s favour, going a furlong shorter.
MY BEIRUT sat level at 57.0 kilos with COMMANDER TWO in the one-mile Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes and finished a length and a quarter ahead of him. However, Azan’s runner was some 13 lengths behind at the top of the straight, which puts him at a major disadvantage against COMMANDER TWO, the controlling speed, at seven furlongs.
None of the horses out of the Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes have been back to the races since. Unless they have improved overnight in their stalls, Patrick Taylor’s COMMANDER TWO should outclass the field at the distance.
Similarly, TWILIGHT DREAMS should be a shoo-in for the $550,000 claiming (optional) City of Kingston Centenary Cup, which has been elevated to kick-off the midweek 10-race card.
Cal Anderson’s four-year-old colt made a mockery of non-winners-of-three at 1000 metres straight two Saturdays ago, clocking 58.2, and will be out for an afternoon stroll at a mile, the distance over which he was fifth in last year’s 2000 Guineas won by FEARLESS SAMURAI.