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DaCosta’s ‘Run Thatcher’ ready to shine again

Published:Saturday | March 30, 2019 | 12:00 AMAinsley Walters/Gleaner Writer
RUN THATCHER RUN (Omar Walker) wins the third race at Caymanas Park last Saturday.

RUN THATCHER RUN has absolutely nobody to seriously test him on the lead this afternoon, unlike last Saturday’s race when GO GO GIRL, then CRUCIAL APPEAL, made things interesting for the first three furlongs in the chestnut colt’s first run off a three-month lay-up.

Last year’s Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes winner, back-from-injury RUN THATCHER RUN, continues his quest to be race-fit for the 2000 Guineas, which is two weeks away. After outclassing the field in last Saturday’s six-furlong sprint, his main rivals are two United States-bred stayers – MY ELLE BELLE and SARATOGA SIGHT– at seven and a half furlongs.

Though RUN THATCHER RUN didn’t look all that fluent over the last furlong, which he completed in 14.1, what’s to be noted is that he hadn’t raced in three months and was rushed back into track work, getting three gallops and a pace spin, in the space of 11 days, not even two weeks.

Therefore, to produce 1:12.3, two weeks after being reintroduced to track work, clapping splits of 23.0, 34.2, 45.2 and 58.2, RUN THATCHER RUN on a relaxed lead will be poisonous to MY ELLE BELLE and SARATOGA SIGHT, horses who will have to be off their bridles from early. Having proven himself fit enough to chase and put away speedy CRUCIAL APPEAL at six furlongs in a raceday-leading 1:12.3, RUN THATCHER RUN should be sauntering on the lead this weekend, certainly to the top of the lane, before it’s bye-bye time and catch-me-if-you-can.

Mere formaLIty

At 115lb, in receipt of seven pounds from SARATOGA SIGHT, the more consistent of the two stayers, RUN THATCHER RUN is among the lighter horses in the race, which should be a mere formality with astute punters watching the clock, wind direction, track condition, and ease of victory to make their 2000 Guineas decisions.

It will be interesting to see which of the two rival camps, Wayne DaCosta and Anthony Nunes, draws first blood on Guineas weekend in what should be another intriguing duel for the trainers’ championship. Interestingly, DaCosta has only two capable runners – LADY BLUE and RUN THATCHER RUN.

Nunes, however, has two brigades. His 1000 Guineas hopes are led by CORAZON and PRINCESS AVA, bolstered by new recruit I AM DI ONE. In the 2000 Guineas, his SUPREME SOUL is the ante-post favourite, closely followed by TOONA CILIATA, EARN YOUR STRIPES, and, don’t forget, DON ALMIGHTY.