TYPEWRITER, winner of his four starts including the Jamaica Derby, heads the field for the 86th running of the $3.9-million Boom Jamaica St Leger at Caymanas Park today.
The Ham Stables Ltd three-year-old son of Western Classic handled the best available crop of native-bred three-year-olds driving clear in the final 400 metres for a 6 1/2-length verdict in the Jamaica Derby at 2,400 metres June 9. He will be asked to go 400 metres less this time in the Boom St Leger at 2,000 metres, but having proven successful at distances below and above should prove just as effective.
In his Derby prep he turned back Overnight Allowance going 1,820 metres for the first time in a comfortable 1:57.2 minutes after opening his maiden account at 1,100 metres in a runaway 9 1/4 lengths.
Late entry into the Classic season when the 2000 Guineas, the first of the three Classic races for colts and geldings, was already run, but from the moment he made his debut, he established himself as a foreboding presence for the remaining two Classics.
Trained by Spencer Chung for owners Robert F Chung & WP Valentine Chung, Typewriter, with the distance reduced, could face a bit more competition as the field looks well drilled for some trainers, owners, grooms and jockeys final flirt with Classic aspirations this season.
Among his most fierce opponents are She's Traditional, winner of the Jamaica 1,000 Guineas, a chestnut filly by Traditional out of Money Honey (Royal Minister), who captured the event in a handy 1:40.3 minutes; Uncle Donny, a grey colt by Dayton Flyer out of Pretty Hilly (Royal Minster), who won the 2,000 Guinesas in a time of 1:39.3 minutes; All Correct, a dark bay gelding by Storm Craft out of Royal Pizzaz (Royal Minister), who was runner-up in both the 2,000 Guineas and the Derby; Aventura, a dark bay gelding by Storm Craft out of Galaxy Girl (Natural Selection), who won the Lotto Classic, but lost it in the Stewards Room to All Correct, and Philistia, a bay filly by Dayton Flyer out of Comegowithme (Outrigger).
Typewriter will again be ridden by Shane Ellis, who this time will shoot from first post which is not ideal but this is not a great field of three-year-olds and the son of Western Classic should be able to escape the early pocket to get ahead of the field with his natural speed by the time the field turns for home.