Campesino seeks another trophy win

BY OBSERVER RACING WRITER

Friday, February 17, 2017

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Campesino will be seeking to come up trumps in yet another trophy race when he tackles five opponents in the annual renewal of the six-and-a-half furlongs Eileen Cliggott Memorial Trophy tomorrow at Caymanas Park.



Campesino had on January 7 easily won the St Catherine Cup by defeating then stable companion Bubbling Kitten by six lengths, with Blue Dixie third. Then the seven-year-old bay gelding was ridden by Robert Halledeen who is again in the saddle. Interesting to note that Bubbling Kitten, who challenges Campesino for another time, is now trained by Anthony Nunes.


Tomorrow Campesino is allowing lumps of weight all round and should face stiff opposition from the Gary Subratie-trained
Brawn and the Richard Azan pair of Jamai Raja and Franfield.



Brawn has been coming on nicely and is fresh and ready for his first run in 2017. With Aaron Chatrie in the saddle, expect
Brawn to make his bid to win in the straight.



Jamai Raja (Sadiki Blake) started to display his worth late last year, ending with a good fourth position finish in the December 10, 2016 Diamond Mile. He should be comfortable going six-and-a-half furlongs. Noticeable that trainer Azan has opted to remove the tongue tie from off Jamai Raja.


Six-and-a-half furlongs might just be a tad short for Franfield (Bebeto Harvey) who is better equipped to go the longer journeys. Franfield is however one of the better horses and can spring a surprise.


The other horse in the race is Sir Budget (Anthony Thomas) trained by Michael Beecham. Sir Budget is almost sure to contest the lead before making way for the top contenders.


Very difficult to see Campesino losing here.

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