Horse Racing


Friday, September 15, 2017

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The 2016 Classic season provided racegoers with some memorable performances, not to mention the disqualification of Future King in the Derby.

The Supreme Racing Guide examines the progress made by the top three-year-olds in order to assess their impact on racing, especially in their fourth year.

It was a signal performance by Nuclear Affair to win the 1000 Guineas by nine-and-a-half lengths. Nuclear Affair went on to lose the Jamaica Oaks by a neck, but became the first of her peers to win at the level of Open Allowance. She retired at the age of four after suffering several injuries, and was then taken to the breeding shed.

A Thousand Stars developed slowly, then came into her own by winning the Jamaica Oaks in a gruelling duel with Nuclear Affair. She performed creditably in most of her subsequent races, with her most noticeable run coming in the Invitational Mile on Superstakes Day when she won but was disqualified. A Thousand Stars was also injury-prone and her racing career petered out as a result.

Sorrentino's Star never improved, while Glyder and Bird Catcher — now Birdie My Love — are still hanging around.

Future King's win in the 2000 Guineas came after a fight with injury and time. Then in the Jamaica Derby, he ran his heart out to pass the post in front, but was disqualified. Future King then received a horrible injury in the St Leger while in the gates and has not raced since.

Opheus finished behind Future King in the 2000 Guineas and got the Derby in the Stewards' Room. Since the Derby, Orpheus has struggled with injuries but was able to return to competitive racing about a month ago. No wins thus far.

It was obvious that Chace The Great (third in the 2000 Guineas) was not fitted for the longer distances. Chace The Great, slowly but surely, went through the classes and is now at the top of his game in the 'A' Class, while establishing himself as possibly the fastest of the lot currently in training. Chace The Great has made tremendous improvements in the last two months of his four-year-old year.

Bigdaddykool started his dominance of the longer races after winning the Lotto Classic in May. He finished third in the Derby and then romped the St Leger in July. Further, Bigdaddykool distinguished himself when finishing second in the Diamond Mile and winning the Harry Jackson Memorial Cup (12 furlongs). As a four-year-old, Bigdaddykool is yet to set the track on fire, but he continues to be a major threat in races one mile and over.

Will In Charge finished fourth in the Derby and second in the St Leger. It took a while for him to wend his way through the classes, but he has done so efficiently. Will In Charge's victory in the Prime Minister's Stakes in August as a four-year-old has been his crowning achievement to date. He has now established himself as a serious contender for the Superstakes (November) and the Diamond Mile in December. Will In Charge seems to relish the middle to longer distances.




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