Jamaica Gleaner / TURBO MACHINE has little to fear in tomorrow’s opening race over 1500 metres at Caymanas Park and should give Sunrise-6 players a winning start.
The race, which is confined to $180,000 claimers who have not earned $150,000 since August 15, has attracted eight starters, including CHIEF SECRETARIAT and ONE GREAT TRAIN, who had very good form in mid-year.
CHIEF SECRETARIAT was beaten into second when going off the 3-5 favourite in a 1600, metres race on November 4 then produced a listless display 10 days later going 1400m. ONE GREAT TRAIN, on his best form, would beat this field but was bumped at the start on November 1 and has had only light training since.
The selection was prominent for a long way before weakening over 1600 metres on November 25. Her early pace will, however, be too much for this weaker line-up and she should not be caught.
SET TO NAB RACE TWO
Wayne DaCosta’s YAYA’S DREAM was spotted running on strongly when fourth by just over two lengths to Fayrouz (1100 metres) on December 2 and is tipped to capture race two. She has trained brilliantly since, clocking a fast 35.3 at exercise on December 11 and gets the ideal distance (1300m). DaCosta has three other runners – first-timer STORM, RICKY RICARDO, and BAND OF GOLD – but none of the three is advanced enough to trouble YAYA’S DREAM.
Richard Azan’s MONEY MAGNET was among the top three in the rich Diamond Mile on December 2 and is the firm fancy for Race Three over 1200 metres for open allowance horses. She comes here three pounds lighter after closely tracking the leaders in 46.1×1:09.4 splits for the 1600m distance.
In Race Four, three-year-old maidens will travel 800 metres. The strong choice is the Steven Todd-trained POWEROFGIVING. She showed a lot of speed when leading by two lengths at the top of the straight in a 1300 metres race on December 2 and with nothing in this line-up to test her on the lead she should come home a lonely winner.
CHEERS has emerged a specialist over 1820 metres, winning his last two starts over the distance, and is selected to lead all the way in Race Five. In his last run at the $350,000 claiming level CHEERS slammed the field by seven lengths and has dropped four pounds. His only real rival will be three-year-old PROUD OF NUCLEAR, who is well drawn at post position one.
Close the Sunrise-6 with the well-drawn BIG MISTAKE in the 1000 metres straight event. The very competent Oneil Mullings is aboard the Andrew McDonald-trained four-year-old gelding.
1. TURBO MACHINE
2. YAYA’S DREAM
3. MONEY MAGNET
6. BIG MISTAKE