Take Mumbai Maestro in midweek feature

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS Observer writer

Wednesday, June 27, 2012    

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CAYMANAS Track Limited (CTL) continues to show its appreciation for the work of sports journalists by highlighting its midweek eight-race card with the Sports Journalists of Jamaica Trophy feature at Caymanas Park today.

Post time for the event is set for approximately 3:45 pm, with first post at 2:15 pm.

Though a low-keyed programme of eight races, the gesture by CTL is a welcome reminder of the function journalists perform in a democracy as they, through the creative instruments of either voice, take the particular activity to those who cannot be on spot but are yet keen to know, at least second hand, what actually happened and how it happened.

Today's $492,000 main event is a knotty-looking encounter for three-year-olds upward and native-bred five-year-olds (NW3) in the claiming spread $350,000 - $300,000.

A field of 11 will contest the 1,200m run and with a number of runners showing good recent form which should make the event competitive throughout.

At a glance, recent winners Mumbai Maestro, Al-Afirtie, the down in grade Doctor Devious, along with Run Charm Run, Reggae Princess, Invictus and Lesterae all look promising. But Mumbai Maestro, the mount of jockey Shane Ellis, could well repeat after that fighting win over the distance on last.

Mumbai Maestro, a once promising grey gelded son of Burning Marque out of Miss ChaCha (Imperial Falcon) and bred by Rentals & Moore Ltd, looked well when winning on last.

Trained by Victor Williams for owner Gresford Smith, the son of Burning Marque has looked in better condition for this event and even with top weight and a lover of the trip, should able to get there just in time in the capable hands of his in-form rider.

The two main dangers to Mumbai Maestro making it two from two could reside in the presence of Reggae Princess and Doctor Devious.

Stepping two classes down the claiming scale, Doctor Devious would have possibly liked it a wee bit longer to be fully effective, but at the convenient mark at 54.0kg less the 2.0kg apprentice claim of the inform Robert Halledeen, could steal a march on his rivals from early and hold the advantage to the line.

Reggae Princess, the mount of Andre Martin, has promised much but has so far failed to deliver in like quantity. She, however, did run creditably in her last race and now with a further 100m to travel, should angle for a repeat of her March success.



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