The first really 'big' two-year-clash of the year, the Cash Pot "Only One for Me' Trophy over six furlongs is on tap tomorrow at Caymanas Park.
The race features the classic rivalry between colts and fillies, this time Princess Popstar(the filly) who made a most auspicious debut; Boy Wonder(one of the colts) who caught the eyes of punters when winning on debut, and the other colt in the top three thus far, Insane Bolt.
Princess Popstar by Adore The Gold - Doc's Paladin had tongues wagging when she raced for the first time on September 11. She clocked 59.1 seconds over five furlongs round, winning with such ease that pundits immediately began to make comparisons with other great racers. It is well known that this filly trained by Phillip Feanny is highly thought of by her camp and could make this trophy race a procession. She is definitely one to follow and receiving weight from all her five rivals, Princess Popstar is difficult to oppose.
Boy Wonder trained by Ian Parsard, impressed the first time on the track in a competitive event (September 25) and although not winning by the proverbial city block did more than enough to warrant very strong consideration for this race and in the future. The chestnut colt by Traditional - Jamaican Dream comes into the "Only One for Me," having trained very well and is ready to perform at his best.
Insane Bolt is the most experienced of the top three, having raced three times and winning on two occasions. This bay gelding by Shuffling Madness - Golden Olympio is from a line which rarely produces successful racers going beyond six furlongs - they are mainly sprinters. Insane Bolt, however, gives the distinct impression that he may buck this trend, demonstrating in his three career starts that he may prefer going over longer distances, but only time will tell. Trainer Wayne DaCosta has Insane Bolt on his toes at exercise and his charge is going to run for all he is worth, although allowing weight all round.
Both Princess Popstar and Boy Wonder won their races from the front, thereby giving the early imprint that they might lock horns from the time the gates open in tomorrow's encounter. If this scenario manifests itself, don't look beyond Insane Bolt to strike coming from behind.
Whatever unfolds tomorrow, this first really big clash involving three of our better youngsters will leave much for racing fans to talk about.