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Afternoon stroll in 2000 Guineas for brilliant Mojito

Published:Monday | June 5, 2023 | 1:18 AMAinsley Walters/Gleaner Writer
MOJITO with Dane Dawkins aboard.
MOJITO with Dane Dawkins aboard.

OOPS! He did it again! MOJITO made it five wins from his last five starts with another demolition of rivals in yesterday’s Jamaica 2000 Guineas, a 12-length victory reminiscent of his effortless Kingston Trial Stakes victory a month ago.

The grey colt’s domination was such that being squeezed for space early in the event, dropping back to almost last, only took a shift to the rail by Dane Dawkins before MOJITO was disputing the lead and heading to the half-mile marker in front.

From there it was cruise-control mode as MOJITO raced clear, unmolested, into the lane ahead of ABILITY, Dawkins peering between his legs for non-existent company, winning in a fantastic 1:37.2 without once being reminded by a strike of the whip.

If there was ever Triple Crown written all over a three-year-old, MOJITO should prove unstoppable for the remainder of the season, presenting a scary prospect for older horses in December’s Mouttet Mile with a weight allowance in his favour.

MONEY MISER closed strongly to relegate ABILITY, claiming the runner-up spot in the colts and geldings classic at a mile.

Owned by Alexander Haber and trainer Richard Azan, MOJITO, bred Savoy Stomp-Fiftyshadesofgrey, has won five races from seven starts, is unbeaten since landing the Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes last December.