KINGSTON, Jamaica – The 28th edition of the Prince Consort Stakes, which is the final prep race for three-year-old colts and geldings before the running of the Classic 2000 Guineas on April 14, provided punters with a better idea of the horses staking a claim for Classic glory.
This year, the Anthony Nunes trained Toona Ciliata took home the Prince Consort trophy to possibly set-up an intriguing Guineas clash with his stablemate Supreme Soul.
Quickgallop.com gives its verdict on the Prince Consort in the order that the six runners finished.
FIRST: (Toona Ciliata – Soul Warrior – Red Gold)– Showed marked improvement in this his first career start. Toona Cilita was usually with the early pace in this seven-furlong event along with Father Patrick. In the straight, Toona Cilita showing toughness and resilience rallied under veteran Shane Ellis to eventually reign supreme by a length and a half. This was a defining run by Toona Ciliata with a winning time of 1:25.4.
SECOND: (Father Patrick – Nuclear Wayne – Late Appeal) – Ran out of his skin and just failed to hold off the persistent challenge of Toona Ciliata. Father Patrick allowing Toona Ciliata approximately 2.5 pounds ticked many of the right boxes and he goes into the 2000 Guineas with a lot of plusses. Seemingly ran green in the straight and with this experience under his girth, Father Patrick is going to be quite a factor come Guineas time.
THIRD: (Earn Your Stripes – Nuclear Wayne – Brown Sugar) – Did not justify his prohibitive 2-5 favouritism. Earn Your Stripes promised much especially after his run before the Prince Consort when he won going a mile in good time of 1:39.2. A disappointing run.
FOURTH: (Sentient – Strikewhileitshot – Lady Geetadeo) – Did not figure but he earned.
FIFTH: (Phenom – Soul Warrior – Supra Lei) – Was not a factor.
SIXTH: (Juice Man – Storm Craft – Passion) – Nothing flowed in this race for Juice Man.