Horse Racing

The 'Chace' is on

Champion sprint returns for seasonal bow


Friday, February 16, 2018

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After being unanimously chosen as the champion sprinter for 2017, the Dwight Chen-trained Chace The Great returns to the track tomorrow at Caymanas Park to compete in the annual renewal of the six-and-a-half-furlong (1,200m) Eileen Cliggott Memorial Trophy.

Chace The Great faces four rivals, with three — Siempre Bueno, Houdini's Magic and Soy El Se or — coming from the camp of trainer Anthony Nunes. Money Magnet trained by Richard Azan is the other starter.

Top weight, probably because of his third-place finish in last year's Diamond Mile, is allotted to Houdini's Magic who is going to find it real tough conquering these, especially while giving away weight.

Siempre Bueno and Soy El Se or were both put aside by Money Magnet on last and the same should be the result here.

That leaves Chace The Great and Money Magnet. Chace The Great is well seasoned and his fourth-place finish in the Diamond Mile of 2017 is testimony of his class and his ability to be effective going six and a half furlongs. He has been timely prepared by trainer Chen and is going to take an awful lot of beating when they race tomorrow.

Money Magnet won on last after being severely hindered and now takes her rightful place in the top class. She cannot be made any fitter and is simply in the pink of form. Money Magnet is going to run well, but this is another learning curve for the filly and she might just have to wait a bit...but just a bit.

Chace The Great is the choice.

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