Horse Racing

A REGGAE 'CRUZ' TO PEKING

BY OBSERVER RACING
WRITER

Friday, January 18, 2019

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THE Reggae Trophy represents the first test for the Grade One horses especially the sprinters for the new racing season.

A total of seven horses are entered for this trophy race which is going to be contested coming down the five-furlong (1,000 metres) straight course.

Present among the list of starters, as to be expected, are well-seasoned top-of-the-line runners and some interesting new entrants in the class.

This quick dash is sure to generate a lot of interest and the Supreme Racing Guide previews the chances of the engaged seven in their post-position order.

K D FLYER: (5.dkb. h - Silent Valor Dixie Flyer) – Took his time but has now reached the level of Open Allowance. This is, however, Grade One and as such, it is preferred that K D Flyer tries his luck in the designated class before taking on these much more qualified runners. Of note is the fact that K D Flyer is a lover of the five straight.

HOUDINI'S MAGIC: (7.dkb. h – Performing MagicMilestone) – Has never been known as a sprinter and his presence here might be considered to be a preparation run for another race on the calendar.

CAMPESINO: (9.b. g - CompadreYaella) It is not often that you see a horse trained by Philip Feanny race so often but that is the situation racing fans are noticing with one of the the grand old stagers of racing, Campesino. This nine-year-old bay gelding was last at the track on Saturday running over five and a half furlongs, ending in fourth spot behind Another Bullet, Nuclear Flight and Another Vigorous. Campesino last raced over the five straight on November 24, 2018, and then he finished just a half-a-length behind the speedy Mr Universe in a time of 58.2. That run indicated that Campesino performs well over the straight and if he can reproduce that form then he will certainly be at the business end of this trophy race.

CHACE THE GREAT: (6.ch. g – Greatness – Our Miss Ruth) – Crowned the best sprinter in the land after winning the Sprint Championship for the second year in succession in November of 2018. Finished third in the Diamond Mile but was defeated by She's A Maneater over five and a half furlongs on December 15. This was the third time for 2018 that Chace The Great was defeated by the filly over what are considered to be sprint/middle distance trips. Tomorrow, Chace The Great carries top weight and gives away quite a bit to his rivals, yet this should not be an impediment as he is a top-class campaigner and with Dane Nelson again in the saddle, Chace The Great is still afforded a major chance of winning this one. It should be noted that the last time, Chace The Great came down the straight, he was a winner clocking 58.2 seconds. Chace The Great is going to be very difficult to deny.

PEKING CRUZ: (4.ch. g – Traditional Patty Girl) – If ever a horse existed who is a true lover of the five straight, Peking Cruz is the one. He has already clocked 58.0 seconds over this journey. Tried his luck in the Sprint Championship (six furlongs) in November of last year toting 121 lb and was beaten by just under two lengths by Chace The Great with 126 lb. Tomorrow, Peking Cruz carries 109 lb which gives him a glorious opportunity of turning the tables on Chace The Great at the handicaps.

EXHILARATE: (4.ch. f – Blue Pepsi Lodge – Purejoy) – Tested the waters at her new Open Allowance level just last week and finished seventh of seven over five and a half furlongs. Exhilarate has not raced over the straight in a while and even with this lightweight is going to find it very difficult handling these accomplished runners.

MONEY MAGNET: (5.ch. m – Nuclear Wayne Jazzy Jet) – Very consistent filly who is going to be quite comfortable coming down the five straight. Money Magnet finished behind Chace The Great over five and a half furlongs on December 15, 2018, carrying just 3 lb more than she carries tomorrow. This gives Chace The Great the edge here, but this filly is tough and is going to fight to the bitter end.


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