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The streak continues! - WOW WOW reels in MAHOGANY for 2000 Guineas glory

Published:Monday | July 27, 2020 | 12:29 AMAinsley Walters/Gleaner Writer
ABOVE: Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Executive Chairman Gary Peart (left) hands over the champion trainer trophy to Michael Bernard (centre) for winning the 2000 Guineas as Supreme Ventures General Manager Lorna Gooden looks on, at Caymanas Par
ABOVE: Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Executive Chairman Gary Peart (left) hands over the champion trainer trophy to Michael Bernard (centre) for winning the 2000 Guineas as Supreme Ventures General Manager Lorna Gooden looks on, at Caymanas Park in St Catherine yesterday.

WOW WOW chased down an atrociously ridden MAHOGANY to win the 2000 Guineas yesterday. The thoroughbred joined the tear-away leader a furlong and a half out to win by three lengths, extending his unbeaten streak to 11 consecutive victories.

Dane Dawkins aboard MAHOGANY left the high draw, widest in the 12-horse field, with WOW WOW’s stablemate, NIPSTER, chasing in ripping opening splits of 23.1 for the first two furlongs.

Searing into the half-mile in a ridiculous 45.0 while WOW WOW sat fourth, Dawkins never gave MAHOGANY a breather until it was too late, approaching the home turn and running into a six-furlong split of 1:09.4.

A reserved WOW WOW made his move under Robert Halledeen to swoop down off the corner, pouncing on a winded MAHOGANY, who tried a feeble rally but was a spent force inside the final furlong as the winner moved away to clock a fast 1:37.3, handing trainer Gary Subratie his second 2000 Guineas winner, having won in 2011 with BIG MAN BOYU.

WOW WOW’s victory was a huge consolation for owner Michros and trainer Gary Subratie, who were aiming to sweep the season’s first classics but were stopped in Saturday’s 1000 Guineas, which their ANOTHER AFFAIR lost to Anthony Nunes-trained favourite ABOVE AND BEYOND.

WOW WOW and MAHOGANY are set to clash again in the 10-furlong St Leger on September 26, before October’s Jamaica Derby at 12 furlongs, a reversal of the norm due to concerns over the horses’ well-being coming off a four-month COVID-19 lay-up.

Racing continues at Caymanas Park on Saturday.

ainsley.walters@gleanerjm.com