Flow with Rio Cobre in Ash Wednesday Trophy

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS Observer writer

Wednesday, March 05, 2014    

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ON what looks to be a combustible mid-week racing programme, the Ash Wednesday Trophy will highlight the nine-race card at Caymanas Park today.

While the races are set to entertain and enrich punters, the major feature could turn out to be the battle for the leadership of the jockeys' championship race between two-time defending champion Dane Nelson and former champion Dick Cardenas, who on Saturday last assumed leadership in the race by two wins.

On today's programme Nelson has five rides to Cardenas' four. However, on the surface, the former champion has the better mounts and could continue to lead the championship race.

Be that as it may, Nelson is such a determined and crafty reinsman that he could surprise and produce the goods even in the face

all odds.

The Ash Wednesday Trophy day's highlighter has brought together a decent Overnight Allowance field of 11 runners going 1,300 metres for a purse of $715,000.

Situated at the customary penultimate slot of the day's programme for feature races, the Ash Wednesday Trophy is scheduled to go to post at approximately 5:00 pm, with first post at 1:15 pm.

From the look of the composition of the Ash Wednesday Trophy it could be anybody's race despite the presence of some useful starters in Traditional Prince, My Friend Lucky, Prince Andrew, Fierce and fabulous, Cantare and Rio Cobre.

From a recent performance stand, the race for the wire should come down to Traditional Prince, in the form of Prince Andrew and Rio Cobre, despite the presence of rarely used claiming apprentice, Halondo Butler.

Traditional Prince showed on last that he is in fine fettle and with the former five-time champion jockey Trevor Simpson retained in the saddle by trainer Patrick Lynch, another plucky effort is in store as he truly enjoys a distance such as this, not forgetting the gallant effort he made to overhaul El Poderoso over the distance last August, to go down by a length campaigning in a much better field than at present. Like Traditional Prince, Prince Andrew was also primed over the straight course and also being a lover of this distance, should have a hand in the outcome.

The surprise of the party, though, could be the Wayne DaCosta-trained Rio Cobre, who has the speed and class to run this field into the ground. For one thing, this six-year-old dark bay/brown gelding could just go to the front and remain there until the wire intervenes. This is a big ride for Butler, but getting the job done should not be too difficult a task for the apprentice, as he will not have traffic ahead of him with which to contend.

Ones To Watch

Race 1 Fortuneonehundred

(Dick Cardenas)

Race 2 Raja Hindustani

(Dane Nelson)

Race 3 Hover Craft

(Dick Cardenas)

Race 4 Elusive Dream

(Dane Nelson)

Race 5 Cosequin (Trevor Simpson)

Race 6 Pretty Thing (Dane Nelson)

Race 7 Franfield (Dane Nelson)

Race 8 Rio Cobre (Halondo Butler)

Race 9 Step At It (Orlando Foster)





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