Thursday, April 18, 2019

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Trainer Michael Marlowe posted a double on Sunday's 10-race 2000 Guineas Day programme to get off the mark in 2019.

Marlowe won with first-time runner Code of Honor in a Maiden Condition race for three-year-olds over 5 furlongs (1,100m) and with Nuclear Dan Dada in a Restricted Allowance event also over 5 furlongs.

Ridden by Shane Ellis, Code of Honor tracked leader Super Mia (Raddesh Roman) from the start. Coming into the lane, Ellis asked his mount for more and Code of Honor found the extra energy to go by Super Mia for a comfortable 4 1/4 lengths victory. Super Mia was second with Nuclear Evita (Anthony Thomas) third. The final time was 1:08.1.

Nuclear Dan Dada (Daniel Satchell) tracked the leaders from off the pace and came with a strong run on the inside rails to win by a a length.

Nuclear Dan Dada had to fight hard in the last furlong hold off Virtuoso (Omar Walker) for the win. Sacrifice nipped Parajet on the wire for third place. The final time was 1:07.2.

Marlowe was a happy camper afterwards.

“These winners came with hard work and dedication. We just got off the mark as this is our first two winners for the year and I am very happy and pleased with the outcome. It has been long overdue but it is beautiful to win for the owners,” Marlowe said.


Locomotive scores long overdue win

Four-year-old grey gelding Locomotive was full of promise at the start of his career and after releasing the maiden tag on February 10, 2018, over 5 furlongs (1,100m) he was touted then to be a good one in the making but didn't live up to that prediction.

Locomotive finally made it win number two after posting a gate-to-wire performance in a Restricted Allowance event over 5 furlongs on Sunday.

With Simon Husbands in the saddle for trainer Lance Richards, Locomotive was put in front and was never threatened thereafter.

Locomotive won by 4 lengths. Young Boy Eddie (Shane Richardson) finished in third place. The final time was 1:07.0 with splits 23.0 and 46.2.

Perfect Union releases maiden tag

Perfect Union, bred, owned and trained by Carl Anderson after 16 attempts finally found the winning post in front in a Maiden Special Weight event over 9 furlongs and 25 yards (1,820m).

Perfect Union (Christopher Mamdeen), led from the start and then moved on to a 5 lengths win in a time of 2:01.1.

She held a comfortable lead going around the clubhouse turn ahead of The Kings Treasure (Osive Donegal) and Stormy Lady (Aaron Chatrie) until slowing down the pace approaching the half-mile as the field got closer.

Approaching the bend and turning for home, Mamdeen sent his mount on her way and Perfect Union turned on the pressure and scooted home.

Stormy Lady finished second with Obsession (Kiaman McGregor) third.


Jockey Aaron Chatrie on the double

Jockey Aaron Chatrie's landed a double on the 10-race card on Sunday. Chatrie won aboard Captain Granville in the seventh and Smokescreen in the eighth.

Trained by Ryan Darby, Captain Granville hooked-up on the front end along with Abogado (Romario Smith) before pulling away to win by three-parts of a length going 3 furlongs (600m) straight in 37.1. Abogado held on for second place with Willington (Natalie Berger) getting third.

Also going over the straight, this time at 5 furlongs, Chatrie drove the David Lee Sin-bred, owned and trained Smokescreen to a length win over Big Black Nation (Christopher Mamdeen) and Dr Banner (Reyan Lewis) in a time of 1:02.0.

Four horses claimed

Four horses were claimed on the 10-race, 2000 Guineas Day programme.

Alford Brown claimed Smokescreen for owner Barsher from David Lee Sin; Ryan Darby claimed Big Black Nation for himself from Norman Smith; Philip Lee claimed Tough Cookie for owner Nicholas Miller from Ryan Darby and Steven Todd claimed Dr Banner for owner Andre Smith from Keisha Lawrence from the eighth race. All horses were claimed for $250,000.

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