El Cliente for Master Blaster Trophy
TAKE El Cliente in today's Master Blaster Trophy feature, the fifth race of the 11-race card at Caymanas Park.
It is, however, still anybody's race among Restricted Allowance III native-bred four-year-olds and upward (NW3 O/T) with a number of other primers, who will also go hunting for the major share of the $516,600 purse on offer.
A race for sprinting specialists going 1,000 metres straight, a small field of seven is carded to go to post at approximately 2:10 pm, with first post at 12:10 pm.
It is a race that does not include any pronounced straight specialists, as was the case with Master Blaster and Nasatol, but El Cliente, Clearly Ours, Crucial Appeal, Uncle G and Rastaraven have shown a special liking for the trip to turn the race into an event with feature qualities, along with the inclusion of the down in grade Official Report, who is no known straight horse.
On past performance the Hamark Farms-owned Crucial Appeal, trained by Patrick Lynch, would have been on an afternoon stroll among these. However, the sparingly race gelded son of Crucial Trial, who opened his two-year-old career with a blistering 56.3 seconds over the distance in December three years ago, failed to follow up that performance when having his second outing as a four-year-old on June 28 over the distance, following his failed Derby attempt last season.
In his first straight race since his return Crucial Appeal was made the howling favourite at 2-5 and was well on his way to justifying the confidence, but suddenly ruined his chance approaching the distance by bolting.
He returns today in much better condition and if all remains well could be a cakewalk.
Crucial Appeal is again expected to start favourite, but if he is again up to his old tricks, the Carl D Anderson-bred, owned and trained Official Report, the mount of claiming apprentice O'Brien White, along with El Cliente, can be expected to take a serious hand in the outcome.
El Cliente, who is displaying recent good racing form, will head the handicaps at 56.0kg and though coming from the poor number one draw in this small field, should not be much of a bother under jockey Rayan Wilson, who gets the call from owner/trainer Gordon Lewis.
Ones To Watch
*Race 1 Enhance Prosperity (Renardo McNaughton)
*Race 2 Turn Me Loose (Percy Williams)
*Race 3 Smokin Man (Rayan Wilson)
*Race 4 The Marshall's Diva (Dane Nelson)
*Race 5 El Cliente (Rayan Wilson)
*Race 6 Alias Sir Cat (Darian Robinson)
*Race 7 War Chip (Sadikie Blake)
*Race 8 Perfect Flyer (Shamaree Muir)
*Race 9 Ray Ray (Devon A Thomas)
*Race 10 Classy Prospect (Orayne Sewell)
*Race 11 Alisonbee (Dane Nelson)