Sport

Perfect Neighbour for Lady Geeta Trophy

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS Observer writer

Saturday, April 19, 2014    

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NEIGHBOURLINESS has always been a commendable attribute in community living, and at the Caymanas Park Racing Complex in thoroughbred racing much the same operates.

However, when there is something of value as the Lady Geeta Trophy among the residents of, say, New Kingston, the community becomes open court as you may find the oddball Pete'swildone imbued with Potcheen to Double The Honey with an Uppa Tune effort.

Then there is Perfect Neighbour, the Johnny-come-lately of the Graded Stakes community, whose bubbling youthful exuberance will look to take a prominent position after leaving the gates to Blast Them Away while taking the shortest way home in a forthright attempt to secure the major share of the $1,050,000 purse up for grabs among Graded Stakes, three-year-olds and upward, going 1,200 metres.

They will meet, all seven neighbours, at the river's edge at approximately 4:45 pm for the fight that is to highlight a programme of 11 battles with the opening salvo getting off at 12:15 pm.

New Kingston, one of four entrants put forth by 13-time champion and leading trainer Wayne DaCosta, will be in the hands of female navigator Georgina Sergeon.

DaCosta's other dashers include Double The Honey, with Paul Francis, Blast Them Away, Andre Martin at the helm, with Dick Cardenas accompanying Perfect Neighbour.

The other three stalls are to be filled by Potcheen with champion jockey Dane Nelson in the iron, Pete'swildone under apprentice rider O'Brien White, and Uppa Tune with Richard Mitchell astride.

A match race between trainers DaCosta and Parsard that is endowed with such good speed could weigh heavily in favour of the lightly weighted Perfect Neighbour. Qualified to carry a mere 50.0kg, the style of running of the exceptional four-year-old bay son of Natural Selection out of Desperatehousewife (Ghost Ransom) could make a mockery of race such as this.

Perfect Neighbour is bred for the ultimate stamina-testing runs, nonetheless has been prepared to contest this short sprint and not being a plodder but with a lot of twinkle in his legs and from 600 metres out should have the race all sewn up.

Ones To Watch

Raced 1 Reasonable Press (Paul Francis)

Race 2 Western Bull (Dane Nelson)

Race 3 Winit (Jemar Jackson)

Race 4 Miracle Star (Dick Cardenas)

Race 5 Striking Distance (Dick Cardenas)

Race 6 Prescription (Jemar Jackson)

Race 7 Zeeva (Dane Nelson)

Race 8 Willinston (Dane Nelson)

Race 9 El Patron (Sadiki Blake)

Race 10 Perfect Neighbour (Dick Cardenas)

Race 11 Timeforacat (Sadiki Blake)

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