FOURTEEN-TIME champion trainer Phillip Feanny looks poised to Raise A Ruckus in the $786,500 Nigel B Nunes Memorial Cup Open Allowance feature when his Graeme Hall chestnut horse steps down in class to take on five rivals going 1,820 metres at Caymanas Park today.
Still seeking his first win in his five-year-old season from half a dozen or so starts, Raise A Ruckus is winless since his comprehensive four-length win in the Governor General's Stakes last October and looks ripe in stepping down
to a grade where he is very comfortable.
He will do so with good racing form built on a series of prominent finishes over varying distances. This includes an encouraging third place finish behind fellow American-bred Emperor Hall and Mismyrtleboyrichie in the Prime Minister's Stakes, (Graded Stakes) event over 2000m on Independence Day.
Owned by Houston Stables, Raise A Ruckus by Graeme Hall out of Likely Ruckus (Bold Ruckus) is bred by Eugene Melnyk in the USA and is ideally bred for the distance.
With trainer Feanny calling for the services of legendary jockey Winston Griffiths, not even a top weight of 57.0kg should deter his effort in returning to winning way.