Horse Racing

Without Exception goes after four straight wins


Friday, February 16, 2018

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Classic aspirant Without Exception races for the fourth time tomorrow after winning his other three races.

This time he ventures over a mile in what is without a doubt a major test of the bay colt's Classic race potential. This is the longest distance Without Exception will be travelling, having won twice over seven furlongs (1,400m) and once over five furlongs (1,000m) round, the latter being his debut run last year.

In this non-winners of three (three-year-olds and up) event, Without Exception faces five rivals including three others, Rambunctious Links, Uncle Frank, Winter Is Coming — from his own barn, that of trainer Wayne DaCosta. The latter three DaCosta horses can safely be discarded from any serious reckoning in this race.

Coming in very light is Honey Ryda with Anthony Thomas, winless on Ash Wednesday, being the choice of rider. Honey Ryda finished a good second on December 30, 2017, just a length and a half behind Without Exception. Honey Ryda raced again on January 13, but was way off Twilight Dreams and Sarah Lee in third position. Now with the distance being longer, Honey Ryda's chances of winning here are very difficult, especially against Without Exception, plus she is giving the impression that sprinting and the middle distances are more to her liking.

The other runner to consider is filly Nadeshico, trained by Anthony Nunes. Nadeshico won two races quickly in her two-year-old career, and this season has raced only once on February 3, when it was quite noticeable that she was finishing very well going six furlongs (1,200m) against Armageddon. But even with that good effort Nadeshico finds herself in a tough spot.

All the stars point to Without Exception continuing on his winning ways tomorrow.




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