Sport

Perfect Neighbour to continue winning ways

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS Observer writer

Saturday, June 21, 2014    

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PERFECT Neighbour, last season's Jamaica Derby and St Leger winner puts his four-year-old unbeaten record on the line when he goes for win number four in The Viceroy Trophy Graded Stakes call going 1,800 metres for a purse of $1,050,000 at Caymanas Park today.

The Viceroy Trophy will highlight a 10-race card that is scheduled to go to post at approximately 4:45 pm with first post at 12:30 pm.

The Viceroy Trophy, with a field of six, has also attracted three of the finest local-bred horses in racing at present that include among them Perfect Neighbour, Typewriter and Commanding Chief.

Although the three have already crossed path in last year's Superstakes, they will be meeting for the first time this season and based on preparation it will not be easy to separate them at the line. This is so even in the presence of the two highly thought of imported talents -- Uppa Tune and Pete'swildeone -- who themselves will love this distance and could use the light impost of 50.0kg each to crippling effect for the early stages of the race.

This is a race that will call for good timing and place positioning. And ironically, Dane Nelson, Shane Ellis and Dick Cardenas, three of the finest riders plying their trade at Caymanas Park today, will be aboard the major contenders in Commanding Chief, Typewriter and Perfect Neighbour, respectively, and will have to bring their vast knowledge in the pigskin to bare on the eventual outcome.

Typewriter and Commanding Chief have already met twice this season and each has scored a victory over the other. Perfect Neighbour has won three times but this will be his toughest call. Be that as it may he is in at the handicaps to have a real say in the outcome.

For one thing whether they go fast or slow it will suit Perfect Neighbour perfectly, as he has greater finishing speed than either Typewriter or Commanding Chief. In an all out sprint as this could turn out to be, Commanding Chief will have to take the bull by the horn from the moment the starter lets them go to escape the wily Shane Ellis atop Typewriter and Dick Cardenas on the nimble footed Perfect Neighbour over the final 200 metres.

Nelson knows pretty well the turn of foot that Perfect Neighbour possesses at this point of the race and baring this in mind, will try to hold Commanding Chief for a final burst could prove catastrophic as he may just die on his bit.

Ones To Watch

Race 1 Elusive Dream (Orlando Foster)

Race 2 Exotic Gold (Dick Cardenas)

Race 3 El Cliente ( Rayan Wilson)

Race 4 It's My Birthday (Jevvanne Erwin)

Race 5Touch De Road (Ameth Robles)

Race 6 Insane Bolt (Dick Cardcenas)

Race 7 Donata (Ameth Robles)

Race 8 Madiba (Dane Nelson)

Race 9 Perfect Neighbour (Dick Cardenas)

Race 10 Hatteras (Ruja Lahoe)

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