‘Tony K’ packs too much speed for rivals
The pre-derby Hall of Fame race meet takes place at Caymanas Park today, the nine-race programme featuring the three-year-old and up open allowance race over 1200 metres for the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame Trophy over 1200 metres.
Offering a total purse of $900,000, the race has attracted eight starters, including the classic winners TALENTED TONY K, who won the 2000 Guineas in 2014 and this year's Oaks winner, MOM'S STUDENT, both speedy types who should ensure a truly run race.
The Fitzroy Glispie-trained three-year-old filly, MOM'S STUDENT, will be taking on older horses for the first time, but while expected to figure prominently, faces some seasoned opponents and should find the principals giving nothing away.
In won't be the same for the Lorne Kirlew trained TALENTED TONY K, who ran a blinder in defeat against grade one horses in the recent Lotto Sprint Trophy over 1100 metres, finishing a close third to champion sprinter POTCHEEN and the American colt FORTUNEONEHUNDRED.
In the process, TALENTED TONY K, had some big names behind him such as UPPA TUNE, CRUCIAL APPEAL and ALL CORRECT, leading to the last furlong in exciting splits of 22.3, 45.3 for the first half mile.
Now dropped in class and Kirlew calling up the improving 3.0kg claiming apprentice Sadiki Blake for the ride - reducing the colt's weight to 54.0kg - TALENTTED TONY K should set off in front and prove hard to beat.
He is the speediest in the lineup and despite the good claims of PHINEAS and the vastly improved DEO VOLENTE, it should be 'TONY K' from in front.
Other firm fancies on the programme are BASIC INSTINCT in the second race, BRAWN to repeat in the third, down in class RUM PUNCH in the fourth, MR. MARLEY in the fifth and GO TO HELL in the seventh, for $180,000 claiming horses over 1500 metres.