Fearless Samurai on course for 2,000 Guineas
It was a remarkable day for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta on Saturday when he had the rare distinction of winning the two major trial races – the Front Runner sponsored Thornbird (fillies) and Prince Consort Stakes (colts and geldings) with She’s A Maneater and Fearless Samurai, respectively. DaCosta ended the day with a four timer, his other winners being Little Big Horn and Paper Chaser.
After the win by Fearless Samurai, DaCosta said that his charge had established himself as one of the leading contenders for the 2,000 Guineas to be run on April 8.
“He (Fearless Samurai) is a good horse but he is on the temperamental side.
“You can never know what will trigger him off on a race day, so we have had to change equipment on him on numerous occasions during the course of his career.
“However, finally, I think that we have nailed it down to the cheek pieces.
“The plan going into the race was basically to go for the lead, and if he (Fearless Samurai) could not lead then he would sit second, close to whoever was in front and take it over from between the three-and two-furlong markers and that was exactly what Omar (Walker) did and Fearless Samurai won, I think convincingly.
“I am in a good position going into the 1,000 and 2,000 Guineas races and I am just hoping that my horses come out of their engagements today (Saturday) in good nick,” DaCosta shared with the Complete Racing Guide.