Horse named after Watford FC captain Troy Deeney in 2,000 Guineas

A horse named after Watford captain Troy Deeney is the underdog in the first big race of the Flat season.

The Qipco 2,000 Guineas, on Saturday afternoon, is the one fans have been looking forward to all week, following the sport's resumption on Monday.

All the pre-race talk is about hot favourite Pinatubo, after a six-race unbeaten streak in 2019.

But trainer Roger Teal, who won the Group Three Betway Abernant Stakes on Thursday with Oxted, is hoping he can spring a surprise with 33/1 shot Kenzai Warrior.

The winner of his two races so far, jockey Jason Watson will wear yellow, black and red silks in the mile contest at 3.35pm, a nod to Watford FC's badge.

The horse's owners, Rae and Carol Borras, are supporters of the club and have even given the three-year-old gelding the nickname Troy, after Hornets captain and striker Troy Deeney.

“He's got the same characteristics as Troy and, just like him and little old Watford, we are the underdogs tomorrow (Saturday), but he'll have half a chance if he goes in with the same attitude as Troy,” Rae said yesterday.

The owner of a building company, Borras and his wife have only been in racing ownership for a couple of years.

Later today, they will take on the powerhouses of the sport, Godolphin and Coolmore, with the little-known outsider.

They forked out £45,000 to buy Kenzai Warrior from a breeze-up sale on April 25, 2019, the same day their first horse Spirit Of May won at Chelmsford.

Kenzai Warrior did not debut until the September, when he made all the running in a novice event at Salisbury.

Two months later, he followed up in the Group Three Heath Court Hotel Horris Hill Stakes at Newmarket, where the 2,000 Guineas is being run later.

That came on heavy ground- and there is rain forecast for much of the afternoon at the track.

However, Teal, who sent out Tip Two Win to finish second in the 2018 2,000 Guineas at 50/1, is hopeful he can run a big race whatever the weather.

“After he won the Horris Hill on heavy ground, Jack [Mitchell, his jockey] came back in and said he hated it," he said.

"Provided there’s no jar (in the ground), I’ll be happy.”

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