PATRICK Lynch’s consistent bay gelding Cold Ground will make another attempt at getting his four-year-old career off to a winning start when he again takes on Restricted Allowance III native-bred age-group rivals and upward (NW3 O/T) in the $516,600 Aston Commock Memorial midweek feature of an eight-race card at Caymanas Park today.
Seven runners will contest the 1700m run scheduled for approximately 3:05 pm, with first post at 2:00 pm.
Cold Ground, by Storm Craft out of Pfeiffer (Liver Stand) and bred by Mark and Susan Wates, is owned and trained
He finished a good third to Mark My Word and Commanding Chief in last year’s Superstakes, but has since failed to go on in lesser company.
In the interim, though, he has turned in some useful performances in fair company, punctuated by some decent second-place finishes which, today, could serve as a useful fillip in his effort to break the shackles.
The expectancy is enhanced by the presence of leading jockey Dane Nelson in the saddle, along with a distance that is ideally suited to the gelding’s prowess of running over extended trips.
In the absence of the likes of Technomoto and some other useful talents who Cold Ground has failed to peg back with his closing runs, this should further pave the way to get it right.
His main rivals could manifest themselves in the Fitzroy Glispie owned and trained bay colt Sundown and the Gold Stars Stables’ frontrunning bay gelding Gold Runner.
Like Cold Ground, Gold Runner — trained by Anthony Subratie — is from a staying line and has already won over 1700m in quite a decent time of 1:48.4 and with the promising nonclaiming apprentice Richard Mairs aboard, will again be taking the field along from a determined effort.
Sundown, who also stays quite well and, like Gold Runner, is a game frontrunner with the currently focused Andre Martin in the irons.
Another who could add to the competitiveness of the event is the Wayne DaCosta-trained Remember Me to be ridden by the champion jockey Dick Cardenas.
A four-year-old bay gelding by Region of Merit out of Girl In Gold (Golden Gear), bred by Edison Chai and owned by Lex, Remember Me seems to lack the speed of some of his rivals, but will enjoy the distance, and with the champion trainer calling for the services of the champion jockey, could pay homage to the form going 100m farther following a dead-heat finish with Gold Runner over 1600m two races ago.
Ones To Watch Race 1 Emergence (Robert Halledeen) Race 2 Great Like That(Aaron Chatrie) Race 3 Cold Ground (Dane Nelson) Race 4 Smokin Train(Dick Cardenas) Race 5 El Patron(Dick Cadenas) Race 6 Tommy Fiddle (Dane Nelson) Race 7 Sir Von (Devon A Thomas) Race 8 Rising Hurricane (Omar Walker)