Classy Prospect ready to dance for Reggae Trophy
Overnight Allowance horses take the spotlight at Caymans Park today albeit by default owing to insufficient entries for the Reggae Trophy; the intended Grade One feature where Horse-Of-The-Year Saint Cecelia was slated to have raced.
But with only four entries received, the race was eventually abandoned. Hence the focus-shift to the penultimate event of a 10-race card where a number of top Overnight Allowance campaigners will compete for the prime share of the $715,000 purse.
Chief among the eight runners going 1,200 metres is Classy Prospect. A dark bay gelded son of Saint Appeal out of Good Prospect (Texas Prospector) bred and owned by Francis Barnett, Edison Chai & Louis, Classy Prospect, prepared by Wayne DaCosta, is a highly proven and consistent performer who looks set to open his five-year-old career this time around following repeated near misses from his four starts for the season.
Also very versatile, in his last run over 1,600 metres he lost narrowly to the American import Reasonable Press. This was after leading all the way with dictating fractions of 24.0, 46.3 by 1:11.3 to go down by a short head. That fast 1,600 metres run should have opened him up appreciably, and now going 400 metres shorter, and one kilo lighter and a change of rider in lightweight jockey Paul Francis, should make ample amends.
His main rivals will again be American-bred horses stablemate New Kingston, the mount of Devon A Thomas, and Sir D, ridden by leading jockey Dane Nelson who gave way to Francis atop Classy Prospect.
The chances of Sir D, a four-year-old chestnut colt trained by Gary Subratie, is as good as the favourite's having three races ago won the event in a good time of 1:13.3, but handing a 2.0kg advantage to Classy Prospect and win will be a tremendous performance.
Not forgetting that, New Kingston is a hound dog of a performer at the distance. This five-year-old battler is no back number and at this level could summarily turn the form around at a moment's notice to be in the heat of battle when this is being decided even though saddled with near top weight of 55:0kg.
Ones To Watch
Race 1 Design Star (Andre Martin)
Race 2 Don'tstopbelieving (Everton Miller)
Race 3 Justin On Fire (Dane Nelson)
Race 4 Gold Rush (Dane Nelson)
Race 5 Madam Rodham (Dane Nelson)
Race 6 Awesome Sensation (Dick Cardenas)
Race 7 Guan Yu (Michael Grant)
Race 8 Lemonade (Omar Walker)
Race 9 Classy Prospect (Paul Francis)
Race 10 Dolla Win (Dane Nelson)