Uncle Donny wins 2000 Guineas
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Highly fancied UNCLE DONNY, ridden by champion jockey Dick Cardenas for topline trainer Anthony Nunes, floored the odds on 4-5 favourite ALL CORRECT to win the 38th running of the Jamaica 2000 Guineas over 1600 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday.
Installed a 5-2 second favourite in a field of 14 native bred three-year-old colts and geldings, UNCLE DONNY quickened into the lead leaving the quarter pole to win by two lengths from the Dane Nelson-ridden ALL CORRECT, who had beaten him into fourth place when they last met in the $4.25 million Supreme Ventures Jamaica 2-Y-O Stakes over the distance last Boxing Day.
ALL CORRECT finished four lengths clear of 10-1 chance AVENTURA in third, while CANTARE (14-1) was fourth. ITALIANO, winner of the Prince Consort Stakes (Guineas Trial) on March 17 and POTCHEEN were declared late non-starters, reducing the field to 14.
Owned by the Wehby's (father and son) Oakridge Farms and bred by Don Wehby, UNCLE DONNY, a 3-y-o grey colt by Dayton Flyer out of the Royal Minister mare Pretty Hilly, was notching his third win from six career starts, with stakes of just over $3 million.
On a day when Nelson and Shane Ellis rode three winners each - Ellis notching the first three on the holiday card - Gary Subratie's American filly NOON IT IS (Omar Walker up) ran on strongly to win the Easter Sprint Cup over 1100 metres in the smart time of 1:05.3.