The 2012 Jamaica three-year-old thoroughbred racing Classic season opened with a stunning result with a 99-1 shot winning the 38th running of the Jamaica 1000 Guineas for native-bred three-year-old fillies at Caymanas Park on Saturday.
The season continues with the 38th running of the $3,600,000 Jamaica 2000 Guineas for colts and geldings at Caymanas Park today and a more sober result is anticipated even in the face of some largely unknown talents.
The futurity race for native-bred three-year-olds will be contested over a distance of 1,600 metres and has attracted a full field of 16.
The Velvet Glove's All Correct, a dark bay gelding who won the ultra-rich Supreme Ventures Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes on Boxing Day over today's distance and shooting from barrier nine, will start as the morning line favourite.
By Storm Craft out of Royal Pizzaz (Royal Minister) and bred by Mark & Susan Wates, All Correct is prepared for the races by champion and leading trainer Wayne DaCosta with leading jockey Dane Nelson (35 wins) in the saddle.
Other prominent entrants in this year's 2000 Guineas are stablemate Elizabeth DaCosta's Prince Consort Trial Stakes winner Italiano and Christopher Wellington's Aventura, who ran a great race to surprise behind Italiano in the Prince Consort Stakes, Oakridge Farms' Uncle Donny, who was a winner over the Guineas distance as a two-year-old and finished third in the Prince Consort Stakes a step away and the lightly raced but rapidly developing 2Penyu colt Prince Andrew.
Prince Consort Stakes top weight Potcheen, who finished a good fourth while allowing his rivals 4.0kg is another prominent contender in the field along with the late blooming The Legacy, a stablemate of All Correct, Cantare and Italiano, who ran on strongly to open his account over 1,600 metres in good time in his final prep race.
Then there is the consistent performing Lashing Force and Great Like That, with the latter seeming to love today's distance having one win with a second place finish to Uncle Donny and third to Prince Andrew.
All Correct, in the only prep run for his three-year-old season campaign, lost narrowly to the seasoned Open Allowance campaigner Erasmo, who took a step down to Overnight Allowance to compete over 1,500 metres. But this was only after he appeared to be hindered thrice when searching for racing room in the final third of the race.
Looking at All Correct's preparation for the first of his three-year-old season's most important races, trainer Wayne DaCosta said he is "pleased" by the way the gelded son of Storm Craft has been working in the mornings after the gelding breezed 1,400 metres in a comfortable 1:28.2 on March 31.
Two of his principal rivals, the Philip Feanny-conditioned Prince Andrew to be ridden by Winston Griffiths and Anthony Nunes-trained Uncle Donny, the mount of champion jockey Dick Cardenas, have also looked well drilled for an anticipated positive performance in their opening Classic for the season among age-group rivals.
Ones To Watch
Race 1 Red Flag (Shane Ellis)
Race 2 Typewriter (Shane Ellis)
Race 3 Go Go Yvonne (Shane Ellis)
Race 4 Bora Bora (Harriston)
Race 5 Precisely Baby (Dick Cardenas)
Race 6 Priestking (Omar Walker)
Race 7 Bullet Line (Dane Nelson)
Race 8 Green Beret (Shane Ellis)
Race 9 Regal Sensation (Trevor Simpson)
Race 10 All Correct (Dane Nelson)