Horse Racing

Marquesas is fit and ready

…trainer Michael Marlowe pleased with charge's progress going into Front Runner Prince Consort Stakes

Observer staff reporter

Friday, March 16, 2018

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With the 2,000 Guineas and Jamaica Derby the main targets, trainer Michael Marlowe is hoping that his champion two-year-old from last season, Marquesas , can make a favourable impression in tomorrow's Front Runner-sponsored Prince Consort Stakes at Caymanas Park.

The Prince Consort Stakes is the final trial race ahead of the season's first Classic race for colts and geldings — the 2,000 Guineas. The race will be competed for over seven furlongs (1,400m).

Marquesas ( Coded WarningIslamorada) rose to the top of his age group last season with a three-length win over Brandy and company in the Supreme Ventures Limited-sponsored Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes going a mile (1,600m) on December 26, 2017.

The bay colt hasn't raced since then, but Marlowe is looking for an improved effort by Marquesas in the Prince Consort as he wants to make an assessment before his Triple Crown quest.

“Well, you know, there weren't many races for him [ Marquesas] because he won that Grade One last December, and we didn't want to push him and put him with older horses as yet. He had five races last year, so we took the decision to give him some rest and that seems to be the best thing for him.

“In the Prince Consort you have some good horses in the race such as Another Vigorous and others, plus a bunch of horses that we haven't really seen what they are really capable of as yet, but we are just hoping for a good run. The 2,000 Guineas and Jamaica Derby, that is where our sights are set, but we will take the Prince Consort if the race plays out in our hands,” Marlowe told The Supreme Racing Guide.

One thing that Marlowe is certainly happy about is that his super horse has been working well in his preparation for his seasonal debut.

“He [ Marquesas] has been training pretty well. He has been doing good for this race. They [clockers] caught him a couple of times going seven-eighths of a mile and the fractions were pretty suitable for us. He is comfortable now and I happy where he is at,” Marlowe said.

From his five starts last year, Marquesas had three victories and two second-place finishes.




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