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Campesino for Sprint double

Friday, November 10, 2017

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While all eyes will be firmly fixed on Triple Crown winner She's A Maneater as she takes on Graded Stakes horses in the 39th running of the $4.5-million Burger King Superstakes, the Glen Mills Caribbean Sprint Championship should also draw some attention with a field of 15 quality sprinters competing tomorrow over six furlongs (1,200m) for $2 million in purse money.

The Caribbean Sprint was first run in 1987 when Aggressive Time, trained by Wayne DaCosta and ridden by Emilio Rodriquez, wore the crown. Since then the race was dominated by two horses — Eros and Saint Cecelia — who have the distinction of four consecutive victories. Eros won it from 1991 to 1994 and came back to win the race for a fifth time in 1996, while Saint Cecelia reigned supreme from 2010 to 2013.

The clash this year will see defending champion Campesino taking on stable companion Buzz Nightmare along with the in-form Another Bullet, Chace The Great, Sir Budget, and Simply The Best. The resurgent Orpheus and Siempre Bueno from the barn of Anthony Nunes should add some fireworks to the event.

The Supreme Racing Guide takes a closer look at the runners.

RAS EMANUEL — Completely out of class.

SIMPLY THE BEST — Ran a very good race on last when beating Crucial Appeal in an Overnight Allowance race over five furlongs (1,000m) round in 58.1 on November 1 but Simply The Best is not ready for this level as yet.

CHACE THE GREAT — Finished a disappointing fourth in the Gold Cup over seven furlongs (1,400m) as the 9-5 favourite on October 16. Prior to that, Chace The Great, in a performance which confirmed his meteoric rise to the top, won the None Such Sprint Trophy over six furlongs (1,200m) in commanding fashion in 1:11.3. In the process of his four-and-a-half-length win, he had Campesino behind him. However, tomorrow is a different story and with both carrying level weight at 57.0 kg (126 lb), Chace The Great will have to pull out all the stops to beat Campesino, but based on past runs, he surely can.

MONEY MAGNET — Speedy three-year-old who has been doing fairly well at the sprint races, but she may need some more time if she wants to step with these.

BUZZ NIGHTMARE — After his 11th-place finish behind Seeking My Dream in last year's Diamond Mile, Buzz Nightmare returned 234 days later for his seasonal debut over five-and-a-half furlongs in the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission Trophy, and finished third behind Choo Choo Blue and Another Bullet. He was later disqualified and placed fourth for causing interference. Before that, Buzz Nightmare was beaten by Campesino in the Caribbean Sprint after reeling off five consecutive victories. Though plagued with injuries, Buzz Nightmare has the class and talent to make a good showing, but his fitness and readiness will have to be questioned.

TRADITIONAL PRINCE — The old stager in the sprint. Traditional Prince is a tough nut, but will find the principals giving nothing away.

PROLIFIC PRINCESS— Capable on her day, but that won't be tomorrow.

GARY GLITTER — Has been running his fair share of races recently. Gary Glitter is in good nick and is a true competitor. The steam, however, seems to have been evaporated from Gary Glitter after his rather impressive early season performances. In tomorrow's sprint he will have to return to the days of yore to win, which given the circustances is not likely.

SIEMPRE BUENO After pulling up in the Derby in 2015, the Anthony Nunes-conditioned Siempre Bueno is gradually hitting top form again, and could have possibly reached that zenith. In his four starts this year, Siempre Bueno has visited the winners' enclosure twice – once over the five-furlong (1,000m) straight course and the other coming in the second running of the Ahwhofah Sprint in Overnight Company over six furlongs (1,200 metres) where he made all the running in a get-to-wire display which saw him scoring in a new Stakes Record of 1:11.2, erasing the previous record of 1:12.1 set by Prolific Princess last year, despite shouldering top weight of 57.0 kg. That run says it all, as the Nunes camp is bubbling at the moment, and Siempre Bueno at his best is sure to carry a buzz tomorrow. Watch this horse as the stable rider Dick Cardenas has been chosen to ride Siempre Bueno.

ANOTHER BULLET — Has been running some good races of late. This event will not faze Another Bullet as he was a close second behind Choo Choo Blue on August 1 over five-and-a-half furlongs (1,100m) in 1:06.1, which suggests that he can sprint. In addition, Another Bullet finished a good second behind She's A Maneater in the recent Fontainbleu Trophy over seven-and-a-half-furlongs (1,500m). Another Bullet is a hard-knocking sort with sound ability, and with his stables in rich form he will definitely have a say in this race. Note bot the visor and tongue tie are on.

SIR BUDGET — Ran a good race on October 25 when beating Dwayne Star over five furlongs (1,000m) round in a quick 58.3. With his speed, Sir Budget is going to have an impact on the outcome of this race and is strong enough to hold that speed to the end. A bit puzzed though over the choice of rider, Ruja Lahoe, who has not shown anything of late. Do not leave Sir Budget out of the reckoning.

CRUCIAL APPEAL — Came off a break on November 1 and should have easily blown away rivals in the five-furlong (1,000m) round course dropping down to Overnight Allowance company. Something is seems to be wrong with Crucial Appeal, and therefore it is hard to see him getting it right in this race.

CAMPESINO — The most consistent in the line-up, Campesino has been in tip-top condition all season and seems to be the one to beat in this race. Despite finishing four-and-a-half lengths behind Chace The Great in the None Such Sprint Trophy over six furlongs (1,200m) on September 9, Campesino should turn the tables on his nemesis, with both bearing level weight at 57.0 kg (126lb). Campesino has a lot in his favour: His trainer Philip Feanny has won this race a record 10 times and his jockey Shane Ellis three times. Campesino can sit off the pace which being expected to be hot then turn it on in the straight. A top performer.

ORPHEUS — Came back from a long period of injury on August 7 when finishing in 11th position behind Ras Emanuel. Then Orpheus ended in sixth place on August 19 before finding the winners' enclosure on September 23. A good colt with ability, Orpheus comes into the Caribbean Sprint well primed and in really good nick after his fourth-place finish in the Fontainbleu Trophy behind She's A Maneater over seven-and-a-half furlongs (1,500m). Should run a good race here.

TALENTED TONY K — Is as fast as they come. Although he might be harassed on the headlines, Talented Tony K will make his presence felt throughout the race.

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