Crafty and Ready for Dye Job Sprint


Crafty and Ready for Dye Job Sprint

Observer staff reporter

Saturday, December 14, 2019

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Crafty and Ready, an American-bred bay colt who made an encouraging debut when finishing second to another foreigner, Sir Alton eight days ago, looks all set to go one better in the $980,000 Dye Job Sprint, one of three trophy races on the 10-race programme at Caymanas Park today.

The promising galloper from the barn of trainer Adin Williams showed a touch of class in that effort, although coming out on the losing side by half-length in a decent time of 58.1 seconds for the five-furlong (1,000m) straight course on December 6. Crafty and Ready didn't get away that well from the starting gates but managed to get into the mix approaching the two-furlong (400m) point, though he lost it at the wire.

Now more experienced and with the Dye Job a furlong (200m) longer, Crafty and Ready by More Than Ready - Win Crafty is very difficult to oppose. The bustling Dane Nelson gets the leg-up, replacing Linton Steadman in the saddle.

The Dye Job, a Restricted Stakes event for native-bred and imported two-year-olds, is positioned as the fifth event on card with a post time of 2:15 pm. First race is at noon.

While it looks like a win for Crafty and Ready one should not underestimate the others, especially with a trophy race at stake, as there are six other rivals in the line-up that are ready to pose a serious threat.

Five of those runners are from the stables of champion trainer Wayne DaCosta – My Time Now, Uncle Polly, Eagle One, King Arthur, and Elitist. The other runner in the line-up, She's A Hit, comes from the Louis Richards stables. Of the mentioned runners, Uncle Polly and King Arthur should give Crafty and Ready most to do.

Uncle Polly, who is also an American-bred runner, won his first race over this same distance on November 23, in an encouraging time of 1:13.4 minutes. Although he faces more in terms of competition here, Uncle Polly is expected to show improvement and could cause some anxious moments in the closing stages of the race.

King Arthur was an impressive winner on debut (November 8) over six and a half furlongs (1,300 metres), pulling away from rivals to win by 2 1/2 lengths in a noticeable time of 1:20.1 minutes. King Arthur has worked well coming into this encounter, and given the fact that he has had a month's rest and with standard improvement expected, he is going to be around at the finish.

The $930,000 Seymour “Foggy” Mullings Memorial Trophy will see a full field of 16 runners down to take part in the one-mile (1,600m) contest.

Horses such as Princess Ava, Roy Rogers, Sentient, Tricky One, and Earn Your Stripes are the leading contenders to take home the Restricted Stakes event. The edge, however, goes to Sentient, who had finished third in the recent Superstakes and fourth in the Diamond Mile. Princess Ava should complete the exacta.

Livi's Outrageous, Milkman, Lalala Bamba and Raw Liquid are favoured to fight out the finish in the $900,000 Jamaica Racehorse Trainers' Association Trophy. The Restricted Allowance event will run over six furlongs (1,200m).

Ones to watch

Race 1) God of Love/Campesino/K D Flyer

Race 2) Above and Beyond/Glock/Mahogany

Race 3) Harry's Train/Azaria/Kalahari

Race 4) Marquesas/Princess Annie/My Elle Belle

Race 5) Crafty and Ready/King Arthur/Uncle Polly

Race 6) Sentient/Princess Ava/Roy Rogers

Race 7) Talented Tony K/Dada's Nala/Meet Justin

Race 8) Just Trick Me/JamalJames/Sure Cote

Race 9) Milkman/Livi's Outrageous/Raw Liquid

Race 10) Chrisanli/Ballerina Steel/Shauna Cruise

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