Talented Tony K honours trainer Kirlew with win
IN a bold front-running effort, Talented Tony K turned the 40th running of the 2,000 Guineas at Caymanas Park yesterday into a celebratory march in honour of slain conditioner Tony Kirkew, winning by seven lengths over Relampago with favourite Rocketman in third position.
After finishing 19 lengths for ninth place to the Phillip Feanny-trained Rocketman in the Prince Consort stakes (Guineas Trial) over 1,400 metres, the Lorne Kirlew-trained three-year-old bay colt by Traditional-Ocean Liner by Law Of The Sea turned up on this occasion a completely different animal, handing jockey Omar Walker his first classic winner since he started riding in 2009. It was also the first classic winner for trainer Lorne Kirlew.
Owned by Jigzy Blade, Talented Tony K broke on top and never looked back. Cruising nicely on the lead from Rocketman (Winston Griffiths) and Insane Bolt (Dick Cardenas) passing the six furlong-point, and when asked to go by Walker at the 400 metre-pole, he responded well and went on his way.
Turning for home, Griffiths urged Rocketman to go in chase but the three-year-old bay colt had no response as Talented Tony K ran out an easy winner in a time of 1:41:0 flat for 1,600 metres.
The much-improved and highly thought-of Franfield, with champion jockey Dane Nelson in the saddle, was a no-show.
"The plan was to make one move. This is a nice race horse with a lot of potential. The last time he weakened over 1,400 metres, and so we went back to the drawing board and we found the problem and we corrected it," trainer Kirlew told the Jamaica Observer.
Talented Tony K, which was bought in the yearling sale for $1.6 million, was winning his second race from three starts this season with lifetime earnings of just over $2.7 million. He is bred by Donald Williams.
Racing continues next Saturday.