February 15, 2013
Select Olympic Prospect
Jimmie, Star Racing Writer
GARY SUBRATIE unwittingly showed his 1000 Guineas hand on December 29 when he brought back two-year-old filly OLYMPIC PROSPECT a week after her debut victory to fill a seven-horse field headed by stablemate CITY FLIGHT.
While all eyes were on CITY FLIGHT, OLYMPIC PROSPECT turned in a mature run to clock 1:28.1, finishing a dozen lengths behind the United States-bred who is yet to lose in five races, which have taken her to the doorsteps of grade one.
Tomorrow, OLYMPIC PROSPECT makes her three-year-old debut in the 1200-metre Hot Line Stakes, appearing to be thrown into a cauldron of more experienced non-winners-of-two.
However, Subratie, as usual, has cunningly trained OLYMPIC PROSPECT for a winning three-year-old debut with leading jockey Omar Walker aboard.
Unlike Anthony Nunes' SELECTABOOK, who has been ripping the exercise track since January, Subratie has gauged OLYMPIC PROSPECT off her last gallop, a half mile this past Sunday.
Galloping out four furlongs, OLYMPIC PROSPECT posted 48.3, showing that she's ready for anything SELECTABOOK will throw at her.
Interestingly, both horses have raced twice over the same distances. On times recorded, OLYMPIC PROSPECT is ahead of SELECTABOOK, clocking 1:14.0 on December 22 to her rival's 1:14.3 on October 31.
At 1400 metres, SELECTABOOK posted 1:29.4 when beaten 11 lengths by PERFECT NEIGHBOUR in the November 29 Pick-3 Super Challenge. OLYMPIC PROSPECT clocked 1:28.1 when finishing 12 lengths behind stablemate CITY FLIGHT a month later.
Both horses return with equipment and medication changes. SELECTABOOK will race in a tongue tie whereas OLYMPIC PROSPECT returns treated with lasix.
OLYMPIC PROSPECT, however, on her run behind CITY FLIGHT, a much better race than the Pick-3 Super Challenge, has to get the nod.
Shane Ellis should have a good day tomorrow as he should unsaddle no less than three winners - VONALMIGHTY in the second, the debutant SYSI in the fifth and GREEN BERET in the seventh.
Meanwhile, champion Dane Nelson looks good aboard CLASSY PROSPECT in the first and THE LEGACY in the fourth.
VONALMIGHTY should repeat at 1820 metres though edging up in class from $350,000 claiming to $450,000. He's simply the best stayer in the seven-horse field.
SYSI hasn't done much on the exercise track but appears to have some speed and should make all against an ordinary bunch at 1100 metres.
GREEN BERET is back among $180,000 claimers in the seventh and only has GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY to fear at 1300 metres and only has GOLDEN OPPORTUINITY to fear if the six-year-old leaves the gate cleanly.