Nunes rules the roost as Supreme Soul caps glorious Classic weekend — the analysisThursday, April 18, 2019
BY OBSERVER RACING WRITER
The 45th running of the Supreme Ventures Limited-sponsored Jamaica 2000 Guineas covering a distance of a mile (1,600 metres) proved to be a defining moment in the career of trainer Anthony Nunes on Sunday, April 14 at Caymanas Park.
Supreme Soul's (Shane Ellis) victory by two lengths secured for Nunes, the first two Classic races of the season after I Am Di One sublime run to take the 1000 Guineas the day before.
Not only did Nunes win the 2000 Guineas but he brought home the exacta as his Toona Ciliata finished second and if that wasn't enough his other two runners in the 2000, Earn Your Stripes and Tricky One joined the joyous party by coming in fifth and sixth respectively.
The Supreme Racing Guide analyses the outcome of the 2000 Guineas in the order the 14 starters finished.
FIRST: SUPREME SOUL — ( Soul Warrior — Beware Baby) — Tuned to the moment for this one and delivered in emphatic fashion. Supreme Soul was early and simply waited to strike after the front runners had expired. It was a commanding victory by this half-brother to top-class campaigner, Bigdaddykool, with the younger Supreme Soul having now firmly established himself as the best three-year-old currently in training. Supreme Soul has all the necessary components for a run at the Triple Crown with the 12-furlong Jamaica Derby and the 10-furlong Jamaica St Leger left to conquer. Time is always the master, but going two-turns over which, he has already proven himself and given still more room for progress, Supreme Soul is at odds on to take racing's Holy Grail, the Triple Crown. The Supreme Racing Guide congratulates the connections of Supreme Soul especially Nunes who now has the distinction of saddling the winners of the 1000 and 2000 Guineas in the same year.
SECOND: TOONA CILIATA — ( Soul Warrior — Red Gold) — Another gritty performance by this chestnut gelding. Toona Ciliata was prominent throughout the race and even when headed at the top of the straight fought back strongly and was able to hold the late efforts of both Sentient and Duke.
At this time, Toona Ciliata although talented and strong in character may have reached his apex by finishing second in the 2000 as with the other Classic races getting longer, he is going to be tested to the hilt but he will continue to earn and do well. Yet, Toona Ciliata has done more than enough to show he will go through the classes easily. Might be Nunes' horse for the Governor's Cup.
THIRD: SENTIENT — ( Strikewhileitshot — Lady Geetadeo) — This chestnut gelding ran the race of his life to finish third in this Classic event. Sentient's performance must have pleased his connections as he was doggedly fighting under strong handling by jockey Dane Nelson. Sentient is developing very nicely and has given more than a flicker of hope that he can be competitive when the other Classic races come around as well as in the Governor's Cup. A really good effort.
FOURTH: DUKE — ( Casual Trick — Lady MacBeth) — Duke was undoubtedly the surprise package of this year's 2000 Guineas. Duke was nowhere around in the early part of the race but turned up with a furlong-and-a-half to go and probably if better handled would have finished further up the line without actually winning. There must be a feeling of great encouragement in the camp after Duke's performance in the 2000 and the truth is, he can only get better going forward. Duke did well to finish fourth in the 2000 and whether or not he can challenge in the other two Classic races is going to be dependent on his ability to be effective over a distance of ground. A good and encouraging run by Duke with seemingly more to come.
FIFTH: EARN YOUR STRIPES — ( Nuclear Wayne — Brown Sugar) — Had already shown visible signs that he would have difficulties against the best going longer than seven furlongs. Earn Your Stripes did his part for his high-powered stables by being early, thereby disrupting the flow of Run Thatcher Run. In the home straight he had very little to offer but was still trying and his fifth-place finish only about five lengths behind the winner is nothing to scoff at. Earn Your Stripes is still at the non-winners of three level and has many more races to win.
SIXTH: TRICKY ONE — ( Casual Trick — The Golden One) — Wasn't really a part of this one but did enough to demonstrate that he is going to win all his condition races quite easily. Where Tricky One goes from here in terms of the other Classic races only time will tell.
SEVENTH: RUN THATCHER RUN — ( Fearless Vision — Ahwhofah) — After receiving the number one post -position, Run Thatcher Run had no choice but to be early and early he was while being harassed all the way. Run Thatcher Run settled somewhat down the backstretch and came into the lane with every chance of winning but simply did not have the reserves to challenge effectively with a late effort and as a result faded badly. Run Thatcher Run more than likely will be rested now but his Classic journey seems to be over at this time as going longer against the winner of the 2000 and others is going to prove quite difficult.
EIGHTH: SEBASTIAN — (Western Classic — Sea Treaty) — Came into the 2000 Guineas with high expectations but simply did not perform on the day. It would be foolhardy, however, to totally dismiss the chances of Sebastian in the other Classic races as this run in the 2000 must have helped his connections to realise where he is at this time. For sure, Sebastian is going to enjoy a distance of ground, so it is not time as yet to pack his bags. Let's wait and see.
NINTH: INSPIRED MIRACLE — ( Miracle Man — Lady Madras) — Was not expected to do much and that was the result. Inspired Miracle should now be allowed to go through his restricted races being at this stage at the non-winners of two level.
TENTH: AWESOME MIRACLE — ( Casual Trick — Royal Victress) — Tried his best but cannot deal with these.
ELEVENTH: SEA CRUISE — ( American Dance — Rip Current) — The waters were very choppy for Sea Cruise and the hope is that he picked up some valuable lessons during the course of the one-mile distance of the 2000.
TWELFTH: FATHER PATRICK — ( Nuclear Wayne — Late Appeal) — Came into the 2000 Guineas with high expectations after two wins and a close second behind Toona Ciliata in the 7-furlong Prince Consort Stakes but did not deliver on Guineas day. Father Patrick was always suspect going longer than seven furlongs and this assessment held true after the completion of the 2000. Father Patrick was never a factor in this one and should now be taken through the classes.
THIRTEENTH: BLOODSWEATANDTEARS — ( Strikewhileitshot — Miss Nickels) — Came in for the ride and as expected was never a threat to the principals.
FOURTEENTH: IN THE BLOOD — ( Strikewhileitshot — Appassionata) — Cannot handle these.
SPECIAL NOTE — This is the second year in succession that a progeny of Soul Warrior has won one of the Guineas races. Last year, Disability Charm ( Soul Warrior — Runnin On Empty) was victorious in the 1000 Guineas for trainer Patrick Lynch and jockey Robert Halledeen.
Trainer Anthony Nunes has now joined an elite band of conditioners who has won both the 1000 and 2000 Guineas in the same year.
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