STRAIGHT specialist Ministerrofjustice, who holds the track record for the distance, takes on a mixed bag in a $715,000 Overnight Allowance three-year-old upwards dash going 1,000m at Caymanas Park today.
With no feature race cards, the Overnight Allowance dash, the native-bred two-year-old opening race and the Track Price Plus "Dig Out" Handicap Race #7 closing event, are the events that should attract most interest.
The Overnight Allowance race where the better horses will compete is scheduled to go off at approximately 4:55 pm, with first post at 12:45 pm.
As evidenced by his last run and by performances three or so years back, Ministrofjustice looks to have a grand chance of taking the event. Now conditioned by Gary Subratie for owners True Friends, the seven-year-old chestnut horse by Royal Minister out of Sub Zero (French Champagne) and bred by Kelvin Jones & Micheal McIntosh showed on last he's no back number at this level. It took a 3.0kg advantage and four years difference to nail him in the drive a week ago.
Leading jockey Dane Nelson, who was aboard in his record-breaking effort and again last Saturday, will again have the reins and having chosen to remain on board in preference to the top-weighted Double The Honey from the stables of champion and leading trainer Wayne DaCosta is enough to follow his lead.
Double The Honey, the mount of Shane Ellis, and Smokin Man, with claiming apprentice Prince Holder up, is favoured to give Ministerofjustice most to think about.
Smokin Man, like Ministerofjustice, just loves the distance and being conditioned and owned by Raymond Townsend, who knows a thing or two about preparing horses for the 1,000m straight, it should be a speed fest for the fans.
A four-year-old roan colt by Dayton Flyer out of Mokin N Firing (Smoke Glaken) and bred by Lorenzo Robinson, Smokin Man's last of two win for the season from 11 starts came over the straight.
Ridden then by Shane Ellis in a NW3 race, he set the track alight with a scarching 57.3. Since then, he has been finding Overnight Allowance a handful, but returning from a month's rest could provide him with enough amunition to go close with only 47.0kg on his back.
Then there is also Prince Theo, also trained by Townsend, whose last win was over the distance in a smart 58. But this was back in November last year and at the higher level. Apprentice Samaree Muir gets the call and climbing aboard, he will slip 4.0kg for Prince Theo to come in at 52.0kg.
Ones To Watch
Race 1 On Song (Oneil Mullings)
Race 2 Remember Me (Dick Cardenas)
Race 3 Mucho Gusto (Dane Nelson)
Race 4 Keeping The Promise (Jevvanne Erwin)
Race 5 Legal Explosion (Shane Ellis)
Race 6 First'K'Boy (Richard Mairs)
Race 7 Howgreatthoughare (Shane Ellis)
Race 8 Rocketeer (Orlando Foster)
Race 9 Ministerofjustice (Dane Nelson)
Race 10 Star Rullah (Samaree Muir)