Champion and leading trainer Wayne DaCosta looks to have a very strong presence in the $715,000 Rhoel Rhoden Memorial Trophy feature at Caymanas Park today when he saddles two lively looking debutants in the maiden special weight contest for native-bred two-year-olds.
The third race on the nine-race card, the Rhoel Rhoden Memorial Trophy event, is scheduled to go off at approximately 1:50 pm with first post at 12:45 pm.
A field of six will go to post in the 1,100-metre race, and with only two seasoned runners among them, the leading trainer will launch his twin assault on the event with Hover Craft and Perfect Neighbour.
Hover Craft, owned by Elizabeth DaCosta, looks certain to take a slight edge into the race over stablemate Perfect Neighbour by virtue of being the ride of champion jockey, Dick Cardenas, even though shooting from barrier number one.
A bay colt by He'stherealthing out of Royal Pizzaz (Royal Minister) and bred by Mark & Susan Wates, Hover Craft has shown that he is a tad more advanced than the other in his exercise gallops, and with no hiccup in the running, a good first run is anticipated from the half brother of 2011 Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes winner All Correct.
Stablemate Perfect Neighbour, a bay colt by Natural Selection out of Desperatehousewife (Ghost Ransom) and bred at (YS (1955) Ltd) is also expected to take a serious hand in the finish as he too has shown good ability in his preparation. Owned by Alfred A Lee & Jeffrey S Mordicai, Perfect Neighbour will be ridden by Andre Martin.
Apart from these two, the only other runner who has any chance of upstaging the DaCosta pair is CC Colquhoun, the most experienced in the line-up and ridden by jockey Omar Walker.
This bay daughter of Outrigger showed on last when fitted with blinkers for the first time that she will be quite useful given time and now coming back much better aligned from her last effort with the four-time champion jockey in the irons, the Dale Murphy owned and trained filly will again be in the money.