Horse Racing

Toona Ciliata now has a chance in the Guineas – Wilbert Bagwandeen

Observer writer

Friday, March 22, 2019

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WILBERT Bagwandeen, breeder and part-owner along with Stephan Narinesignh and AJA of Toona Ciliata, said that victory by his chestnut colt in last Saturday's Prince Consort Stakes has given him strong hope of winning the 2000 Guineas.

The 2000 Guineas, confined to colts and geldings, is set for April 14 and will be run over one mile (1,600m).

“Good! The performance by Toona Ciliata here to win the Guineas Trials was very good and the time of 1:25.4 was good as well. Everything was good about the win by Toona Ciliata.

“I think, I have a great chance now when the Guineas comes around on April 14. Well, the only horse in the Guineas now that we have to worry about is Supreme Soul, who is the 'big' horse right now but with this run, I think we have a decent chance,” Bagwandeen told The Supreme Racing Guide.

Toona Ciliata, trained by Anthony Nunes, rallied in deep stretch to take the Prince Consort Stakes by 1 length going over seven furlongs (1,400m).

Father Patrick finished in second place and Earn Your Stripes — who was giving his rider Robert Halledeen a difficult time in deep stretch — was third.

After recording splits of 24.0, 46.0 and 1:11.0, a final time of 1:25.4 was posted for the distance.

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