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Next stop – the Oaks

1000 Guineas winner, I Am Di One to race next on May 4 in 10-furlong Classic event

BY RUDDY ALLEN
Observer staff reporter

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

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WHEN a well-bred filly wins the Jamaica 1000 Guineas by over three lengths, the next chapter in the story of her racing career normally writes itself.

Again, there is no difference with the plot in the case of I Am Di One, who according to her trainer, Anthony Nunes, is going to head straight into the Jamaica Oaks with the cautious note of “if all remains well”.

The Jamaica Oaks, another race only for three-year-old fillies is scheduled to be run on Saturday, May 4 at Caymanas Park and it might pay to remember that Nunes won this race last year with Fayrouz.

I Am Di One, racing only for the second time since making her debut three weeks ago, showed more than a touch of class and pronounced talent as she slammed a field of 11 rivals in an electrifying run which many pundits were not prepared for, but which her connections was expecting, at least quietly.

I Am Di One, ridden by Simon Husbands, after a couple of strides leaving the starting gates assumed the lead in the one-mile (1,600m) event until she was challenged by Lady Blue at the half-mile (800m).

Both horses were in a duel, but that was just for a brief moment, as when they turned for home and Husbands let loose, I Am Di One instinctively knew it was time to go, and go she did by drawing away from her colleagues at this level, to win with much to spare and with much more to give. I Am Di One drew off and went on to win easily in the end by an official margin of 3 3/4 lengths.

I Am Di One ( Adore The Gold - It Is I) won ahead of Lady Blue (Omar Walker), Casual Drink (Aaron Chatrie) and stable companion Envisaged (Linton Steadman), in that order, in a time of 1:40.1. The splits were fast at 22.4, 45.4 and 1:10.0.

This was a marked departure from I Am Di One's first start over six furlongs when ridden again by Husbands, she came from well off the pace to claim her maiden victory.

Then to achieve her second win in a Classic race, two furlongs longer, is a clear indication of the talent possessed by this bay filly.

“When you win the Guineas, you got to be happy and so I am happy. Well, let's hope she comes out of the race alright as you can see, she was a little tired at the end of this and that is to be expected because it is only her second start.

“She went wire-to-wire and got a lot taken out of her here, so hopefully she will be alright in the next 24 to 48 hours and that we will be able to make the Jamaica Oaks on time,” trainer Anthony Nunes said.

He further added: “This filly is really special and she responded to the training well and Simon (Husbands), who has been a long-time fan of I Am Di One, did everything right. Hopefully, Simon is going to be around to guide her through the rest of the Classic season.”

Husbands then confirmed the words of the trainer: “I have been around this horse a lot and from day one, it was clear to me that she has quite a bit of talent. The trainer was able to get out that talent and we all saw today (Saturday, April 13) some of that talent. There is more to come.”

Jamaica 1000 Guineas winner 2019 - I Am Di One with the man who is with her most of the time, her groom, Tamarley Bryan.


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