Talented three-year-old One World will look to make it win number eight, from just nine outings, when he faces just four rivals in Saturday’s G3 Winter Classic at Kenilworth this weekend.
The Vaughan Marshall trained Captain Al colt had to withstand an objection last time out before being declared the winner of the G3 Winter Guineas (first leg of the ever-popular Winter Series), and he is attempting the 1800m trip for a first time this weekend.
A colt with tremendous courage, One World appeared beaten last time out but fought back furiously to better Vardy by a hard-fough head in the Winter Guineas –and he can clearly never be ruled out.
Vardy, a close and controversial second to One World last time out, appears One World’s biggest rival, but, like One World, tries the 1800 metres trip for a first time on Saturday. Despite being a son of sprint star and speed influence Var, the gelded half-brother to East Cape Oaks winner Eros’s Girl has been running on strongly over 1600m, suggesting he may get the extra 200m and, should One World falter, Vardy could well make amends for his runner up finish in the Winter Guineas.
In contrast, Winter Guineas third Majestic Mozart should relish the 1800m trip (and probably further) and the well related Dynasty gelding could well finish closer than he did when finishing 2.85 lengths off One World last time out.
Herodotus, who ran a smashing race when a fast finishing third in the G1 Gbets Cape Derby (beating the likes of Bunker Hunt, Helen’s Ideal and Santa Clara), had excuses for his last start when finishing a well beaten fourth in the Winter Guineas (he had to be re-shod at the start) and the Trippi colt can finish much closer on Saturday (he should also enjoy the extra 200m of Saturday’s Winter Classic).
Last of the five runners in Saturday’s graded feature is the Snaith trained Clouded Hill, who has a mountain to climb at the ratings and on current form.