THE stables of leading champion trainer Philip Feanny after capturing the $1,000,000 Seek Exercise Book Trophy feature for Open Allowance three-year-olds upward on Saturday last looks charged for a repeat of the winning process in the $845,000 Terremoto Trophy two-year-old feature at Caymanas Park today.
A Restricted Allowance II race for native-bred two-year-olds, the Terremoto Trophy has attracted a lively and competitive field of six juvenile starters in which Feanny will field two leading proponents for the 1,100m dash.
Taking a back seat in championship aspirations of late, Feanny, who sits in midtable in the standings on 16 wins with stakes earnings of $10 million, every now and then shows up in important races with some engaging prospects.
With his two industrious-looking juveniles, filly Alison and debutante colt El Numero Uno, Feanny could today demonstrate what prospects they hold for the future and beyond.
Alison will ride the bends for the first time in competition going 1,100m following a winning debut effort three weeks ago over 600m straight.
The bay daughter of Traditional out of Déjà vu (Schism), bred and owned by Gladstone Bell has since been preparing for the round course and her exercise reports have shown she is coming on nicely. Kerry-Gayl Robinson, who opened on her on debut, remains in the saddle.
Stablemate El Numero Uno, no less prepared for his debut run, is expected to impress. A chestnut colt by Traditional out of Code Star (Lost Code) and bred at Ham Stable Ltd, Feanny has called leading rider Dane Nelson to the saddle.
While much commotion will be centred around the Feanny charges, winning is not exclusively their domain, although Alison has already accounted for two of today's opponents in Music Director and Country Train.
After their last meeting, Country Train has gone on to win at 1,000m round and done so in an impressive 1:01.2 on August 1. Since then she too has looked much improved and will appear well-tuned for her rematch with Alison.
Owned and trained by Harry Parsard, Country Train, a dark bay filly by Image Maker out of Storm Within (Storm Creek) was bred by Argyle Farms Ltd and will again be ridden by champion jockey Dick Cardenas, who piloted her on her debut win.
The Lincoln Lungs-owned and trained Amity, one of the four winners in the line-up, is another who has been looking up at exercise gallops since making winning debut over 600m straight on June 9.
Her time was not that impressive but seems to have come on since and could be a serious factor in the small field.
CC Colquhoun, the lone 1000m winner in the line-up, is another who will keep the field well engaged with her good early speed. A bay filly by Outrigger out of City Lights (Pat N Jac), bred br Everglades Farms Ltdand owned and trained by Dale Murphy, CC Colquhoun was a winner the fourth time of asking and won impressively from debutantes Perfect Neighbour and Hover Craft.