HARRY Parsard’s progressive Image Maker filly, Country Train, go postward in search of her third consecutive win in the $845,000 Keeling Memorial Cup juvenile highlight feature at Caymanas Park today.
A competitive field of six native-bred two-year-olds will contest the Restricted Allowance I event going 1,100 metres that is scheduled to go off at approximately 4:55 pm with first post at 12:30 pm.
Owned and trained by Parsard, Country Train is the second most experienced juvenile in the field with two wins from three career starts and again looks primed to continue her winning ways.
A dark bay filly out of the Storm Creek mare Storm Within, bred by Argyle Farms Ltd, Country Train will again be ridden by champion jockey Dick Cardenas. She has already accounted for the major opposition present bar Perfect Neighbour.
By Natural Selection out of Desperatehousewife (Ghost Ransom) and bred at YS (1955) Ltd, Perfect Neighbour is the only colt in the line-up who is having his second outing while facing winners for the first time. Like most of his rivals, except the debutante Soca Train, Perfect Neighbour was quite active in his preparation.
Shooting from barrier #5 next to barrier #4 from where the favourite will exit, Perfect Neighbour with only 51.5kg will be perfectly placed to eyeball the very speedy Country Train. Lightweight jockey Leo Miller gets call to the saddle in place of Andre Martin.
Country Train, whose only defeat came from Alison on their debut, has since made amends with a five-length thrashing on last going 1,000 metres round. Despite working well for the rematch there is nothing to suggest that she will on this occasion reverse the placings even with Aaron ‘The Ice Man’ Chatrie aboard. Another in the lineup who has felt the sting of Country Train is CC Colquhoun, who soon afterwards in her next race made amends with victory going over today’s journey.
Her victim was none other than Perfect Neighbour, who went down by a head in a driving finish. The plot thickens as Leanne, who may not be a major threat in the event but one who is well prepared for the race and was a winner on debut when she got the better of CC Colquhoun going 600 metres, by a head.
Trained by Richard Azan for owners Elite Bloodstock Limited, the Western Classic bay filly looked fairly fluent at exercise and now riding the bends for the first time should give a good account of herself, even in as competitive a field as is this. Claiming apprentice rider Jemar Jackson gets the call.