I AM FRED’s never-say-die qualities had been on full show final day out, profitable a heated stretch battle with CURLIN’S AFFAIR to safe third within the fast-run Easter Dash Cup received by RUNAWAY ALGO, who turned again off-the-break MAHOGANY in 1:05.2 at 5 and a half furlongs.
The journey was a minimum of a furlong brief for Jason DaCosta’s I AM FRED, to not point out him sharing topweight 126lb with MAHOGANY, each permitting RUNAWAY ALGO 9 kilos. Although having the space and handicaps in opposition to him, I AM FRED turned in his typical workmanlike efficiency to repel CURLIN’S AFFAIR by a half-length.
Getting inside three-quarter size of runner-up MAHOGANY, a size and a half behind fast RUNAWAY ALGO, speaks volumes of I AM FRED’s probabilities, operating 5 kilos lighter at a mile in Saturday’s World Vet Day Trophy.
CURLIN’S AFFAIR returns on the actual weight, 119lb, swinging 5 kilos in I AM FRED’s route though he was a half-length behind the foreigner on the end. Each had been spectacular winners of their earlier races with topweight 126lb. Nevertheless, I AM FRED must be given the benefit on the distance and diminished handicaps.
A crack middle-distance runner, I AM FRED clocked 1:33.3 on December 4, beating EXCESSIVE FORCE and LEGALITY at seven and a half furlongs in an in a single day allowance whereas CURLIN’S AFFAIR was making his manner by means of the ranks, finishing a hat-trick in opposition to non-winner-of-four on January 22.
Making his in a single day allowance debut on February 6, CURLIN’S AFFAIR ran smack into LEGALITY at seven furlongs and was turned again by his former stablemate, who had been sacrificed on a $750,000 declare tag by Anthony Nunes on December 23 in defence of his trainers’ title.
CURLIN’S AFFAIR was solely two kilos heavier than LEGALITY, who was blown away by I AM FRED three Saturdays prior. It ought to be famous that EXCESSIVE FORCE has received twice, the most recent being final Saturday, since shedding to I AM FRED in December.
Nunes has SPARKLE DIAMOND within the occasion, hoping the United States-bred speedster can drag I AM FRED off his bridle, permitting CURLIN’S AFFAIR to make a sweeping transfer, just like how he had pounced on RUM WITH ME at six furlongs.
Nevertheless, SPARKLE DIAMOND has seemingly misplaced his lustre, doing completely nothing at train, which received’t assist him in opposition to horses who dipped underneath 1:06.0 when final out.
Gary Subratie’s SENTIENT has additionally been off-colour, watching stablemate ATLANTIC BLUE race forward of him into the lane in his final two races. Much like SPARKLE DIAMOND, SENTIENT’s exercises don’t encourage confidence, spending the primary week of April within the equine pool.