Sport

Stick with the Perfect Neighbour in Chairman's Trophy

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS Observer writer

Saturday, May 10, 2014    

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DERBY and St Leger winner Perfect Neighbour will once again test his versatility when he takes on a formidable bunch of Graded Stakes horses going 1,500 metres in the Chairman's Trophy for a purse of $1,050,000 at Caymanas Park today.

Coming off of a big win in Open Allowance company over 1,600 metres to open his four-year-old career, Perfect Neighbour returned a month and a half later as a Grade One runner and immediately dispatched a capable bunch of runners. With a light impost of 50.0kg, Perfect Neighbour ran 1,200 metres in a time of 1:13 flat to continue his winning ways.

Prepared for the races by champion and leading trainer Wayne DaCosta for owners Alfred A Lee & Jeffrey S Mordecai, the darkbay colt by Natural Selection out of Desperatehouswife (Ghost Ransom) bred by YS (1955) Ltd with that victory has now shot to the top of the scales with 57.0kg.

And now pitted against a more formidable field he should now be severely tested though 1,500 metres is not outside of his capability. However, giving weight all-round to some capable performers over the distance in the Ian Parsard-trained pair of the imported five-year-old bay horse Uppa Tune and the in-form locally bred battler Potcheen, could be a serious contending factor.

While the performance over the distance of the consistent and versatile Uppa Tune is no secret, Potcheen is mostly confined to sprinting. Notwithstanding, the five-year-year-old Potcheen is actually bred to get a distance of ground, being by Traditional out of Bubble Gum Hottie (Hermitage) and being stretched recently and responding with telling results, the event looks positioned as the highlighter of the 10-race card.

All Correct, the stablemate of Perfect Neighbour, is also no mug over the distance, and along with especially two of Parsard's entries mentioned, with whom Perfect Neighbour is expected to contend, the weight condition could be a debilitating factor that is inimical to the Derby winner keeping his unblemished four-year-old win record in tact.

Jockey Dick Cardenas will continue in the saddle, while champion and leading jockey Dane Nelson will have the leg up on Potcheen, and Richard Mitchell partnering Uppa Tune.

Ones To Watch

Race 1 Fabulousconnection (Robert Stewart)

Race 2 Elusive Dream (O'Brien White)

Race 3 Reasonable Press (Dane Nelson)

Race 4 Black Thorn (Dane nelson)

Race 5 Let De Cat Purr (O'Brien White)

Race 6 Striking Distance (Dick Cardenas)

Race 7 New Kingston (Dick Cardenas)

Race 8 Alisonbee (Dane Nelson)

Race 9 Perfect Neighbour (Dick Cardenas)

Race 10 Marley's Glory (Winston

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