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Double Crown to shine over Guineas distance

Published:Saturday | August 15, 2020 | 12:38 AMAinsley Walters/Gleaner Writer
NIPSTER (centre), ridden by Robert Halledeen, ahead of DOUBLE CROWN (left), ridden by Dane Dawkins, in the seventh race at Caymanas Park on Sunday, July 5, 2020.
NIPSTER (centre), ridden by Robert Halledeen, ahead of DOUBLE CROWN (left), ridden by Dane Dawkins, in the seventh race at Caymanas Park on Sunday, July 5, 2020.

This afternoon’s Restricted Stakes at a mile has DOUBLE CROWN, NIPSTER, GREEN GOLD RUSH and RUM WITH ME renewing rivalry at the Guineas distance.

As far as class is concerned, the Guineas finish had DOUBLE CROWN third-best at the trip, which should make him the winner.

DOUBLE CROWN should turn the tables on NIPSTER, who had outsped him at seven and a half furlongs in their July 5 warm-up.

GREEN GOLD RUSH, who impressively returned to the races as a fast-time winner, 11 days after running an even race for sixth in the Guineas, is seven pounds off NIPSTER and five less than DOUBLE CROWN, a tough ask against the favourite, who had as many lengths to spare on him in the Guineas.

RUM WITH ME was rather lucky to have beaten a tardy-starting, five pounds overweight and wide-into-the-lane GREEN GOLD RUSH in their Guineas warm-up at a mile, the same day NIPSTER barely got away from a charging DOUBLE CROWN at seven and a half.

Everything about the two races, run in similar conditions, especially splits and final time, point to a class difference, which the weight conditions will do little to equalise, especially NIPSTER having to allow DOUBLE CROWN weight after finishing almost three lengths behind him for fifth in the Guineas.

NIPSTER has to run from in front and bet your last dollar that Omar Walker will be going after him aboard improving but too-heavy United States-bred EROY, making them fodder for DOUBLE CROWN with Shane Ellis, who just loves being aboard a favourite with the pace being set up for him.

The following event, the Ahwhofah Sprint, marks a near six-month return for speedy United States-bred SPARKLE DIAMOND, not seen at the races since hauled up by Simon Husbands on February 22 after hearing what he thought was a serious injury, which turned out to be his mount clipping heels with speedy TREVOR’S CHOICE.

Despite being hauled up, SPARKLE DIAMOND was still second a furlong out, two lengths off TREVOR’S CHOICE half-mile split of 45.4, class which should make him hard to beat at six furlongs despite the lengthy lay-up.

ainsley.walters@gleanerjm.com