Sport

Gary Glitter to to get it right in Seek Exercise Book Trophy

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS
Observer writer

Saturday, August 26, 2017

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The popular annual Back-To-School Seek Book Giveaway-Raceday will be highlighted at Caymanas Park today by an entertaining 10-race card with the Seek Exercise Book Trophy call as the main event.

The Seek Exercise Book Trophy race is a thunderous-looking Open Allowance (Grade Two) race for three-year-olds and upward, going six-and-a-half furlongs (1,300 metres) for a total purse of $1.5 million. The race has attracted a rugged field of 11 starters, scheduled to go the post at approximately 5:00 pm with the first post at 12:30 pm.

A race that possesses an abundance of speed with a few matching closers could justify its main event status with the major contenders emerging from Choo Choo Blue, Another Bullet, Gary Glitter, Dwayne Star, Brawn, Phineas, Sir Budget and Ian Links.

The speed shape of the race may suggest the imported closer, Brawn, has a sound chance of turning the form around with a win. But even 2.0kg (5lb) better off than on last, Brawn will still have to overcome Gary Glitter, who ran evenly on last to be third to Campesino and Seeking My Dream in the Reggae Trophy over the five straight (1,000 metres) course. Both Brawn and Gary Glitter have trained well and will enjoy the trip, having already won over the same distance.

Stablemates Another Bullet and Dwayne Star are no debutantes at the distance and looked in robust health at exercise, but they too will have to keep pace with the speedy Choo Choo Blue to get away from Brawn and Ian Links, who should be putting in their best work turning up the lane with Sir Budget and Phineas joining the late rally.

Another important race on the card is the Rhoel Rhoden Memorial Cup opening race, a Maiden Special Weight call for Native-bred two-year-olds. A field of five will go postward in a race over five-and-a-half furlongs (1,100 metres) for a total purse of $900,000.

Timetosaygoodbye, a chestnut colt and the most experienced runner among the five starters, owned by Outa Road Stables and trained by Dale Murphy, might just do that to shed his maiden tag. Flashaway, a bay colt by Traditional out of the Victory Gallop mare Bonnie's Victory bred and owned by Faye Lee and trained by Dennis Lee should finish best of the two debutants.

Ones To Watch

Race 1 &empmargin; Timetosaygoodbye, Flashaway, Francine

Race 2 &empmargin; Moneyneversleep, Counter Attack, Maria's Glory

Race 3 &empmargin; Uncle Freddie, Jamaican Pharoah,Regal Prospector

Race 4 &empmargin; Prince Kamali, Ruby Rose, Top Eagle

Race 5 &empmargin; Rani, Action Cruise, Money Move

Race 6 &empmargin; Silver Rocket, Uncle Frank, Legendary U

Race 7 &empmargin; Cruising Motion, Dreamliner, Big Machine Links

Race 8 &empmargin; Kanola, Sorrentino's Star, Mister Bones

Race 9 &empmargin; Gary Glitter, Choo Choo Blue, Another Bullet

Race 10 &empmargin; Storming, Francia's Pride, Golden Glory


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