Guineas trials take spotlight at Caymanas Park
MOM'S STUDENT and BUZZ NIGHTMARE, both impressive fast-time winners last time out, should follow up in today's Guineas trials, the Thornbird Stakes and Prince Consort Stakes for native-bred three-year-old fillies and colts, respectively, at Caymanas Park.
Both races, offering purses of $1.1 million, will be run over 1,400 metres and are the final preps for the 1,000 Guineas on Saturday, April 4 and 2,000 Guineas on April 6 (Easter Monday).
The Fitzroy Glispie-trained MOM'S STUDENT looked awesome on her fourth outing on February 7 when slamming her closest rival by 16 lengths over 1,100 metres, covering the distance in a fast 1:05.3 when fitted with the tongue tie for the first time.
The chestnut filly by Region Of Merit out of The Principal continues to please at exercise, looking fluent in a seven-furlong spin in 1:30.3 (easily) on March 5.
She should be seen to good advantage over the longer distance, and despite the sound claims of the Gary Subratie-trained WAHEED NAJMAH, who chased home PUDDY POOH over 1,200 metres in the recent Hot Line Stakes, MOM'S STUDENT was just too impressive to be opposed in a field of seven fillies. Champion jockey Dane Nelson again has the ride.
BUZZ NIGHTMARE, who was just as impressive on his February 28 debut over 1100 metres, ought to be followed when he takes on the likes of SIEMPRE BUENO and the stable companions POKER STAR and DRIPPING IN GOLD in the Prince Consort Stakes to be contested by seven colts and geldings.
Trained by 14-time champion and Hall of Famer Philip Feanny for owners Paul Hoo and Herbie Chong of Bruceontheloose and Princess Popstar fame, BUZZ NIGHTMARE made all on his recent debut, winning by the resounding margin of 14 lengths in the smart time of 1:05.3 (23.4, 46.1) under a hand ride from veteran jockey Ian Spence.
The bay colt by Into Mischief out of Queen Of Battle seems poised to follow in the footsteps of BRUCEONTHELOOSE and PRINCESS POPSTAR, and having worked really well coming into this race, galloping five furlongs in 1:00.0 on Monday morning, should lead home the Anthony Nunes-trained SIEMPRE BUENO, who after winning in the fast time of 1:04.3 some weeks ago with a disappointing effort as the 1-9 favourite on February 21 when finishing third to the Feanny-trained TURN ME LOOSE over 1,200 metres.
SIEMPRE BUENO has been fitted with the figure eight for this race, and with Nelson sticking with the ride, should complete the exacta.