PHINEAS could easily use his back class to land today's 1300-metre Ash Wednesday Trophy should he reproduce his exercise workouts. However, punters should approach this race with caution as the dark bay gelding is now nine years old and might need a race or two to get his bones going.
Though recent form is not in PHINEAS' favour, having finished down the track in his last three starts, the latest being December, the dark bay gelding's back class is undeniable.
A strong middle-distance closer, PHINEAS placed second to BUZZ NIGHTMARE, as a seven-year-old, in the 2016 Gold Cup, 11 days after he was caught at the wire, carrying 57.0 kilos, by then four-year-old HOUDINI'S MAGIC, going 1500 metres.
Should PHINEAS fail to fire, one of the line races for today's event has got to be last November's Caribbean Sprint in which RAS EMANUEL, PROLIFIC PRINCESS and ANOTHER BULLET finished within two and a half lengths of each other behind CHACE THE GREAT.
On a line through the 1200-metre Caribbean Sprint, all three returned to run big races. After being unplaced in the Diamond Mile, ANOTHER BULLET returned December 16 with 55.5 kilos and placed third at 1200 metres, in open allowance, behind MONEY MAGNET, finishing heads-on with second-place ORPHEUS, who carried an equal 55.5.
ORPHEUS came out of that race and ventured down in class, carrying topweight 57.0 kilos, and outclassed although PROLIFIC PRINCESS held her own to finish a respectable second, beaten by two lengths.
The other line horse, RAS EMANUEL, finished fifth in the Caribbean Sprint, three and a half lengths behind CHACE THE GREAT, breaking from postposition one. He returned a week and a half ago with 57.0 kilos in overnight allowance and was beaten in a three-way photo by UNCLE TAF after running down to the inner rail at 1000 metres straight.