Mucho Gusto, enjoying quite good form so far this year with a long overdue victory in his last four starts, will try to maintain that form against a good field in the $492,000 Grooms Association Of Jamaica Trophy feature at Caymanas Park today.
It is Grooms Day at the Park and a programme of 11 races are carded with first post at 12:15 pm.
The Grooms race has attracted a field of 13 in the claiming spread $350,000-$300,000 three-year-olds upward and native-bred five-year-olds (NW3) and goes off as the 10th and penultimate race on the 11-race card at approximately 5:05 pm.
Also on the card are a number of races named after grooms some of whose services have received the highest recognition in the annals of thoroughbred racing in Jamaica.
Among the serious opponents that could stifle the chances of the former top Open Allowance campaigning gelded son of Law Of The Sea from continuing from where he left off on last, are Coneyislandinvader who created a massive upset in the Jamaica Two-Year-old Stakes at odds of 47-1 two years ago and Fabulousconnection also a former top level performer who undoubtedly is the fastest in the line-up.
Although stepping up in class after his narrow win on last, Much Gusto showed glimpses of that old spark which made him a favourite each time he was slated to run the straight course.
Even at the height of his three-year-old prowess he was never the soundest of runners, but when he was he was a handful and often ran two good races on the trot. Claimed out of his last race, new owner/trainer Delroy Waugh who has seen it fit to bring him back so soon and up in grade with the leading rider Dane Nelson still entrenched, then signs of a good effort must be anticipated.
And there are good reasons to be hopeful. For should this eight-year-old bay gelding by Law Of The Sea out of Sweet Desire (Airgator) bred by Argyll Farms Ltd maintain any semblance of the determination he demonstrated to log his last victory then win number two is in the offing.