Fayrouz gets the nod…but only just

Observer writer

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

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As the Classic races get closer, much attention is being placed on the three-year-old crop and their chances of attaining three-year-old glory.

The Ash Wednesday card includes a three-year-old non-winners of two where foreign maiden three-year-olds and up can also participate over a mile.

This event promises to be a good test for the locals going into the 1000 and 2000 Guineas Classic races set for April 14 and 15.

An analysis of the nine runners entered is provided by the Supreme Racing Guide in post position order.

HARRY'S TRAIN (3-y-o Discreetly Mine Sweet Dixie Gal (USA) – Did well while running prominently on debut (Jan 27) when finishing just about four lengths behind My Sugarman and Atomic Prince coming down the five straight. With that race under her belt, Harry's Train is sure to show some improvement in this one. Has been doing well in the mornings and is not without a chance here.

BAND OF GOLD (3-y-o dkb.f. Adore The GoldFormal Jackie) – Was way behind Commander Two on January 31. Band of Gold was also behind another filly, Fayrouz, in the same race and is not expected to turn the tables in this one, especially going half a furlong longer.

DRUMMER BOY (3-y-o b.c. Natural Selection Preach Preacher) – Won impressively on last (Jan 17) over the same trip as tomorrow's race in a good time of 1:40.0. Based on his morning efforts, Drummer Boy seems to prefer going even longer, probably finding his best stride over two turns. He has been doing well at exercise and will be charging for victory in the final furlong of this race. Drummer Boy is coming along nicely, but may be short in this one.

ROYAL AVIATOR (3-y-o b.c. Casual Trick Royal Victress) – Did well to break the maiden tag on January 31 over seven furlongs. Royal Aviator gives the distinct impression that he will relish a mile and is set here for another enterprising run. It should be noted that Royal Aviator finished behind Drummer Boy when the latter won for the first time, but truth be told, in that race Royal Aviator did not have a smooth trip. A good effort is expected from Royal Aviator.

SHE'S A BANKER (3-y-o ch.f Forest DangerWap) – Released her maiden tag in the stewards' room and is not expected to bother these.

MY BEIRUT (3-y-o b.c Adore The GoldJadore) – Was surprisingly way behind Commander Two on January 31 when a much better effort was expected. My Beirut now has a chance of redeeming himself over a trip where he has already done well. Trainer Richard Azan has rung the changes on My Beirut, taking off the blinkers and applying Lasix for the first time. Look for a revival of form from My Beirut.

FAYROUZ (3-y-o ch.f Blue Pepsi Lodge Princess Geeta) – Came home nicely on January 31 to finish a fighting second behind the out-of-class Commander Two. Fayrouz is being specially prepared for the fillies' Classic races, and at this time may even be the leading candidate for the 1000 Guineas and the Jamaica Oaks. Fayrouz enters this mile contest well prepared and is expected to pull off win number two. Definitely on the up.

COUNCIL OF TRENT (5-y-o drk.h USA, Student CouncilSummer Steam) – This foreigner has been trying, but without much to show.

STORM (3-y-o b.g. Natural SelectionAll For Pleasure) – Was never a winning factor against Commander Two and Fayrouz, and nothing different is expected here.

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