Mojito for Prince Consort
Galloping five and a half furlongs last Sunday morning, MOJITO all but engraved his name on the Prince Consort trophy, stopping the clock in 1:07.2, a workout too strong for him to be opposed at seven furlongs.
Since his maiden win last November, fitted with blinkers at six furlongs, following two gaining-with-every-stride losses to MAMMA MIA, MOJITO has been a transformed animal.
MOJITO's improvement in blinkers moved him from MAMMA MIA's bridesmaid to Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes winner, now winter-book favourite for this season's classics.
Returning for the Prince Consort Stakes against colts and geldings, most of whom were outclassed by fillies as two-year-olds, MOJITO really has nothing to fear from his nine rivals.
In landing the Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes, MOJITO had the fillies' squadron of LEGIT BOSS, MAMMA MIA, ALL FOR LOVE and THALITA in a bundle behind him at the finish.
MOJITO didn't need BURLAP's half-baked attempt at being pacesetter, bounding past his stablemate and MAMMA MIA a half-mile out to race clear and unmolested into the lane.
The colt showing notable improvement as a three-year-old is ROULETTE BOSS, who franked an exercise gallop with 2020 derby winner KING ARTHUR by returning to chase down speedy DUROCELL at seven and a half furlongs for back-to-back wins, beating Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes fourth-place ANONYMOUS into third on February 26.
ROULETTE BOSS' willingness suggests he will enjoy mid to long-distance races and could very well be the exacta horse behind MOJITO.