Versatile gelding The Guv steps down from Grade One company to hunt his first victory in a $715,000 call among Overnight Allowance, three-year-olds and upward at Caymanas Park today.
A full slate of 12 races are carded and the Overnight Allowance penultimate race on the card is slated for approximately 5:15 pm. First post at noon.
The well-supported programme with 121 runners declared to start will also feature the $715,000 Donald Tankoy Memorial Cup, a maiden condition race over 1,300 metres for native-bred three-year-old fillies in two divisions. Near full fields of 14 runners will compete in each division.
Both divisions will feature a number of interestingly bred three-year-olds who are now coming to hand and should give a good display among none winners. Pretty Ting, It's A Gift, Gold Top and the first-time runner Awesome Flyer are expected to take a hand in the finish in Division Two, while Gold Rush, Lincoln's Lawyer, Conflictofinterest, Western Tradition and Stepping Razor should fight for the major share of the spoils in Division One.
However, in the penultimate 11th race The Guv will shoot from gate #8 ridden by Shane Ellis and his burst could be hard to withstand.
A six-year-old gelding by Royal Minister out of Havasac (Robyn Dancer), The Guv is bred by Stephen Chung, WP Valentine Chung and Howard Hamilton and trained by Spencer Chung for owners WP Valentine Chung and Robert F Chung. The Guv is not a frequent racer, but whenever he does he is always presented in good racing shape and with the run behind his stablemate Saint Cecelia under his girt going 1,100 metres in his season's opener just under four weeks ago, he should be hardened enough to out distance these.
His last win was in October of last year when he turned back the once mighty Cassanova Boy. Since then he has been finding the top class a trifle challenging, but despite the presence of some really hot steppers in the grade, he is a cut above these and coming in at 56.0kg, could answer the call with his 10th career win.
He should expect most from the Arscott Farms filly Sweet Trail. The four-year-old filly is truly courageous and duly loves the distance of 1,200 metres. Trained by Patrick Chang, Winston Griffiths will climb aboard since last year's Jamaica St Leger when she failed to cope with Commanding Chief.
Since then she has settled nicely into sprinting, though she has never beaten any of the top class. The daughter of Tracking is not too heavy at 54.0kg to ask The Guv a serious question and should the favourite put a foot wrong, could be the one to get her head in front where it matters most.
Ones To Watch
Race 1 Merit's Jet (Richard Mairs)
Race 2 Sage's Giftbox (Ryan Nelson)
Race 3 Fortuneonehunded (Dane Nelson)
Race 4 Golden Powerball (Prince Holder)
Race 5 Early Dreams (Ameth Robes)
Race 6 Sweetheart (Ryan Nelson)
Race 7 Ministerofjustice (Richard Mitchell)
Race 8 Rhinestone Cowboy (Shane Ellis)
Race 9 Gold Top (Paul Francis)
Race 10 Vana Prospect (Ruja Lahoe)
Race 11 The Guv (Shane Ellis)
Race 12 Military Move (Andre Martin)
Claiming apprentice Kuri Powell taking Wait A While to a narrow but decisive win to open his winning account the first time of asking at Caymanas Park last Saturday. (Photos: Hurbun Williams)
Claiming apprentice Ricardo McNaughton pushes out Jagsover to victory in the fourth race over 1,400 metres at Caymanas Park last Saturday.
Stop Gap and claiming apprentice Ruja Lahoe pose in the winner's enclosure after winning last Saturday's sixth race over 1,400 metres at Caymanas Park. It was a successful first day in the saddle for claiming apprentices Powell, McNaughton and Lahoe.