An even-money market-springer on his March 19 winning debut, EMPEROROFTHECATS’ follow-up in Sunday’s seven-furlong Prince Consort Stakes, taking on the best three-year-old colts and geldings, is the most anticipated event on Caymanas Park’s nine-race card.
After making all the running to win a four-furlong sprint in 48.1, with no sign of being a speedster at exercise, EMPEROROFTHECATS returned to blaze a bullet 1:13.2 for six furlongs at exercise out the mile chute last Sunday morning, overshadowing ante-post favourites BRINKS and DEEZI, who clocked 1:13.4 and 1:14.4, respectively.
EMPEROROFTHECATS’ time at exercise was also faster than Horse of the Year FURTHER AND BEYOND’s 1:15.0. FURTHER AND BEYOND, who beat Grade One company in the $4 million Ian Levy Cup in December, ran away from Open Allowance horses at six and a half furlong in his seasonal debut on Saturday.
BRINKS and DEEZI, third and fourth, respectively, in last December’s one-mile Jamaica Two-Year-old Stakes behind the filly GOLDEN WATTLE and PERFECT BREW, are both front-runners, setting up a showdown with EMPEROROFTHECATS on the lead.
Whereas EMPEROROFTHECATS lines up in the Prince Consort with a bullet work to back his chances, BRINKS and DEEZI flopped behind speedy importee RUNAWAY ALGO at six and a half furlongs last time out, out-sped by the foreigner, who won in 1:20.4 on March 12.
DEEZI was second, whereas BRINKS weakened badly into third after chasing RUNAWAY ALGO to the furlong pole.
BRINKS’ preparation, however, was questionable, clocking 1:15.3 at exercise, which he significantly improved on last Sunday with 1:13.4, second-fastest of the morning behind EMPEROROFTHECATS.
In addition to the threat of the unknown, the possibility of the speedsters wearing themselves out at seven furlongs, setting up the stalkers – BLUE VINYL, POWER, SHADOWFAX and TEKAPUNT – could also come into play in the stretch run.
The Prince Consort Stakes is the eighth event. First post is 12:35 pm.
CAYMANAS PARK TIPS – SUNDAY, APRIL 3
Race 1 – 800m St
Riddim Up (3), Storming (1)
Race 2 – 1200m
Adoring Texas (4), Toughness (7)
Race 3 – 800m St
Wifey Sez So (1), Triple Seven (3)
Race 4 – 1200m
Prosecco (7), Sensational Gold (3)
—-Race 5 – 1820m
Mine That Cat (8), Prince Marshall (7)
Race 6 – 1000m St
Berlino’s Choice (10), Yellowstone (13)
Race 7 -1100m
Race 8 – 1400m
Brinks (1), Tekapunt (7)
Race 9 – 1000m St
Jordon Reign’s (10), Capturemyship (5)
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