Mahogany dismisses challenge of England's Rose to underline status as 2000 Guineas favourite

Report by RJRGLEANER Communications Group Sports Reporter Spencer Darlington

The Ian Parsard-trained chestnut gelding Mahogany has now established himself as the firm favourite for next month's 2000 Guineas after dismissing the challenge of England's Rose, the winterbook favourite for the 1000 Guineas with an imperious performance at Caymanas Park on Saturday.

Mahogany which went off as the even-money second choice and the fleet-footed England’s Rose as the 1-2 favourite, both tracked early leader She’s A Hit before Mahogany took command at the top of the stretch and went away from rivals for a spectacular 4-and-a-quarter length victory in a minute and six seconds for the Restricted Stakes contest over 5-and-a-half furlongs.

Parsard completed the exacta as his 22-1 outsider Father Patrick took the runner-up spot, with England’s Rose settling for third and Nipster completing the frame.

Mahogany was ridden to victory by Dane Dawkins, who landed a three-timer on the 12-race card.

The 1000 and 2000 Guineas are slated for July 25 and 26 respectively. Three-time former champion jockey Dane Nelson also scored a three-timer on the card, while there was a double for champion trainer Anthony "Baba" Nunes as well as fellow conditioners Johnny Wilmot and Patrick "Wacky" Lynch.

Racing continues next weekend with action on Saturday and Sunday.



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