Casual Drink — the class in Hotline Stakes

Friday, February 22, 2019

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THE Hotline Stakes should also provide some fireworks with the return of the talented Casual Drink from the stables of the in-form Gary Subratie.

Casual Drink should not have an easy comeback as other runners in the race are quite capable of taking home the top prize here.

As usual, The Supreme Racing Guide takes a closer look at the seven runners and their chances of winning the Hotline Stakes.

1. LADY BLUE: (3-y-o, ch. f – Blue Pepsi Lodge – The Vibes Lady) – Has raced four times in her career but that was when she was a two-year-old. Her last run was in the Pick3 Super Challenge Trophy over seven furlongs on November 24 last year. Lady Blue led for a long way before she was passed by Corazon in deep stretch, losing by only 1 1/4 lengths. Based on that run, Lady Blue should be competitive here but she may need the outing to catch her feet first.

2. SI ME NOW: (3-y-o, ch.f – Forest Danger – Quiet Giant) – Released the maiden tag on last when winning over a mile (1,600m) on January 19. Si Me Now faces a tougher field here and will have to wait on easier opportinities to earn another win. Note the blinkers and tongue tie are on.

3. ENEDINA: (3-y-o, b f – Film Director – Yaella) – Won enterprisingly when at the races on last. Enedina won by 2 lengths over Cryptocurrency and Reggae Gone Grammy over 5 1/2 furlongs (1,100m) in a good time of 1:07.3 which is a clear indication that she is going places. However, repeating here will be difficult for her.

4. SPECIAL COUNSEL: (3-y-o, gr f – Silent Valor – Crucial Cat) – Came into her own on last when winning the Eight Thirty Sprint by 2 1/2 lengths down the five-furlong straight course on January 26. Special Counsel is capable enough but getting by these is no easy task for her.

5. PRINCESS ANNIE: (3-y-o, b f – Nothern Giant – Millenium Princess) – Was a winner last on October 15, 2018 when she romped home by 5 1/4 lengths going 6 1/2 furlongs (1,300m) in a time of 1:20.4. Although Princess Annie would probaly want it a little bit longer, she is good enough to have a say in the outcome of this one.

6. CASUAL DRINK: (3-y-o, b f – Casual Trick – Zacapa) – Made a loud entry to her career on September 8 when she won a maiden special weight event over 5 1/2 furlongs in a brilliant 1:06.4 easy on the trot. Casual Drink then returned 21 days later to compete in the Cash Pot 'Only One For Me' Trophy over 6 furlongs and finished 2 lengths in second place behind Top Shelf. It was said that Casual Drink was not herself on the day and now with a 147-day rest and working quite well, the Gary Subratie trainee could return with a bang.

7. PRINCESS LAUREN: (3-y-o, ch f Soul Warrior – Lipstick Lily) Won well debut over 6 furlongs on February 9 in a time of 1:14.1. Although Princess Lauren looks to be a good one in the making, she is going to find a few in her way here.

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