Marquesas the big talking point

FRONT RUNNER PRINCE CONSORT STAKES

BY OBSERVER RACING
WRITER

Friday, March 16, 2018

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The Front Runner feed-sponsored Prince Consort Stakes (colts and geldings) has gained added significance this year as the champion two-year-old of last season, Marquesas, hits the track to compete for the first time since his rousing win on December 26, 2017 in the top juvenile race, the Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes.

Marquesas faces the best of his age group with the possible exception of Commander Two in what is sure to be a telling showdown among the three-year-olds.

The Supreme Racing Guide goes through the form to find the winner.

MARQUESAS: (3,b,c, Coded Warning Islamorada) – Won the Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes last year in imperious manner and enters the Prince Consort with three consecutive victories on his racing record. Marquesas is well rested, having not raced in 81 days, but may well need the outing to find his best stride in what many see as his only prep race for the 2000 Guineas on April 15. Trainer Michael Marlowe has indicated that his charge is in the pink of good health and has trained well coming in for his seasonal debut. Marquesas cannot be left out of any winning reckoning despite his long absence.

DRUMMER BOY: (3, b,c, Natural Selection Preach Preacher) – Has trained on really well with two convincing wins over a mile since the start of this season. Drummer Boy gives the distinct impression that he would prefer going longer with the lengthier Classic races to come more to his liking. Make no mistake that Drummer Boy is racing tomorrow to win and, despite what may be a short trip for him, is packed with sufficient class to have a telling impact. Drummer Boy can stay easily behind the early runners before making his move in the straight. Watch him!

EL PROFESOR: (3,ch.c, Blue Pepsi Lodge The Principal) – Raced six times before releasing his maiden tag and is going to find his opponents tough to beat.

CONTRACTOR: (3,ch,c, Blue Pepsi Lodge Princess Terri) – Very, very interesting entry in the Prince Consort. Contractor raced and won just last week Saturday and is back on the track again. Contractor has raced twice and has won twice albeit over sprinting trips. Now he steps up by two furlongs here, but given his mode of running — always coming from far off the pace — seven furlongs does not seem to be a hindrance to this Blue Pepsi offspring. Right now Contractor is fit as can be and, with the Lynch stables in sublime form of late, has a real live shot at winning.

WITHOUT EXCEPTION: (3,b,c, Natural Selection Ahwhofah) – Promised much especially after posting 1:24.4 for seven furlongs on January 27. Then came February 17 and Honey Ryda. The latter put it across Without Exception in no uncertain manner, leaving many pundits to have serious second and even third thoughts about the capabilities of Without Exception. Nonetheless, Without Exception has shown good ability in the past and if we eliminate his last run as an aberration, then he as good a chance as any in the Prince Consort line-up. Don't not leave out of calculations.

MY BEIRUT: (3,b,c, Adore The GoldJadore) – Promised much and has not delivered as yet and will not do so tomorrow. Note the blinkers are on.

WOODHOUSE: (3,b,g, Emperor Hall Gold Finger) – Has not raced since November 18, 2017 and surely needs to find his footing. Woodhouse races in the Prince Consort with Lasix for the first time.

WESTERN LEGEND: (3,ch,c, Western Classic It Must Be Fates) – Has been slowly coming along and is not ready for these as yet. Will benefit from the outing.

ROYAL AVIATOR: (3,ch,c, Casual TrickRoyal Victress) – Ran a spanking race behind the two foreigners, My Elle Belle and Super Sparkle, on March 3 over 7 furlongs when he finished third. Royal Aviator is a very gritty sort who does his best running in the latter stages of his races. He will be coming on strong tomorrow and given the light weight, Royal Aviator is not to be thought of lightly.

ANOTHER VIGOROUS: (3,b,g, Legal ProcessMiss Nickels) – One of the top three-year-olds currently in training, Another Vigorous has had to deal with some injury issues which have helped to curtail his number of starts. After a long break, Another Vigorous returned to the track on February 10 (5 furlongs) and demonstrated his class with a 1:05.3 clocking while having the importees Super Sparkle and My Elle Belle way behind. Another Vigorous comes into the Prince Consort fitter than ever before and with no known speed in the race, he can set the pace and have more than enough in the straight to hold off all comers. Another Vigorous is fit and ready.

DRONE STRIKE: (3,b,c, SorrentinoSanta Baby) – Won on debut, but returned and was put in his place by Wilson. Needs more time. Both the blinkers and the Tongue Tie have been taken off Drone Strike.

INNOVATOR: (3,gr,c, Casual Trick Pretty Hilly) – Won the first time of asking and now racing for the second time against these is surely going to find it really difficult.

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