Horse Racing

Secret Traveller to reach home first in O&S Tack Room Trophy

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS
Observer writer

Saturday, August 19, 2017

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The O&S Tack Room Trophy, a Restricted Stakes call for imported three-year-olds and upwards non-winners of three and that includes NB four-year-olds (NW3 O/T) and NB three-year-olds, will take centre stage on the trophy-studded 10-race card at Caymanas Park today.

A field of 11, with many old foes present, will run. Post time is set at approximately 4:50 pm with the first post at 12:20 pm.

Secret Traveller, Akash, Sarah Lee, Twilight Dream, Balazo and Wong Don all had a feel of the Classic pace but failed to show up with any degree of prominence.

Be that as it may, they have all returned from the experience to use it to good effect, and show promise by winning races — none more so than the Patrick Fong-trained Wong Don.

A three-year-old Traditional chestnut colt out of the Oriente mare Angel's Favourite, Wong Don has won three races after his experience in the 2,000 Guineas in April. Wong Don defeated Balazo in their last two starts but had his colours lowered for an infringement on last while turning up the lane in a similar call.

Both Balazo and Wong Don are the two most consistent performers present and should again have a say in the outcome of this race going six and a half furlongs (1,300 metres) for a purse of $930,000.

Balazo, trained by Anthony Nunes, along with the imported Danbury, one of three runners from the stables of Gary Subratie, will carry top weight of 119 lb (54.0kg) and both are expected to be among the front-runners for top honours.

However, Secret Traveller, who was promoted from third to second on last and is up 2.0kg at 117 lb (53.0kg), is lighter than Danbury and Balazo and can make amends in the hands of Ameth Robles, who has replaced Paul Francis in the tack.

Another trophy race of note is the Portmore Cycle Centre Trophy, an Overnight Allowance event for three-year-olds and upwards going five and a half furlongs (1,100 metres) for a purse of $1 million. A field of 10 will run with the winner likely to come from either Traditional Prince, Prolific Princess, Orpheus, Polly B, Dreamcometrue and Shining Light.

Ones To Watch

Race 1 Leighton Reid, Big Mistake, Kaci

Race 2 Musketoon, Bruce Wayne, Cruise Lava Cruise

Race 3 Mirabilis, Simply Outrageous, Raksha

Race 4 My Companion, Queen Of Bagdad, Bay Commander

Race 5 My Favourite Dancer, El Saldado, No Pain No Gain

Race 6 First Selection, Bad Girl Hilary, Great Manipulator

Race 7 Traditional Prince, Prolific Princess, Dreamcometrue

Race 8 Breezy, Transition Time, Catch The Light

Race 9 Secret Traveller, Runallday, Dysfunctional

Race 10 Formal Justice, Prince Sammo, Piano Man

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