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Sundown faces stiff challenge in McKay Security Trophy

Wednesday, January 01, 2014    

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THE McKay Security Trophy will headline a three-trophy 11-race card that includes the New Year's Day Trophy and the Fan Appreciation Day Trophy at Caymanas Park today.

The McKay Security has attracted a field of nine runners among the $180,000 claiming going 1,400 metres for a purse of $500,000. The Mckay Security is the sixth race on the card and is set to go to post at approximately 2:30 pm, with first post at noon.

Sundown, Checkitout and Green Beret give the idea that they are at present shots in the field, with pride of place going to Sundown owned and trained by veteran Dennis Lee.

Sundown, a six-year-old bay horse by Twilight Time out of Accountreceiveable (Wise Emissary) has been able to beat this group of horses whenever he steps down from above, and this time looks no different from other times despite being again saddled with top weight and for the apprentice claimer Orlando Foster.

To succeed though, Sundown has to do battle with the sly Checkitout, who is conditioned by Morris Powell, who, like Lee, owns and trains Checkitout.

Checkitout has won three races for the season over varying distances, with the last coming over today's call. This is a much stronger field, but his savvy trainer would have catered for that and should be taking dead aim for a piece of the action close to home. Renardo McNaughton will ride.

Since winning going 1,200 metres, Green Beret has been a consistent performer, and with the distance well within his capability, will also be challenging strongly for the major slice. Conditioned by Ryan Darby for owner Eric Williams, Green Beret will be ridden by Jemar Jackson.

The New Year's Day Trophy will see the 2012 Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes winner All Correct opening his five-year-old career after only running once at four.

For his five-year-old start-up, the Wayne DaCosta-conditioned All Correct will run in a Restricted Allowance 111 call for native-bred four-year-olds upward (NW3 O/T), and from the evidence at exercise and on past performance, should be able to put these aside for a successful return. Dick Cardenas, who was aboard in All Correct's only effort in November of last year, will again ride.

His main danger looks certain to come from Piscean Rocket with champion Jockey Dane Nelson up, and Princess Shaneil with former five-time champion jockey Trevor Simpson in the irons.

The Fan Appreciation Day Trophy, the penultimate race on the card, could provide the keenest rivalry on the programme of the three sponsored races going 1,820 metres by the inclusion of Raging Prospect with champion apprentice Shamaree Muir, Exotic Gold with Cardenas up, Hombre with Prince Holder in the irons, Oaks winner Lady Abhijita the mount of Dane Nelson, Miracle Star, who enjoys the distance to be ridden by Percy Williams and Miss Boss Lady with Kuri Powell up.

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