Horse Racing

Mr Universe to lead home rivals in top-rated Open Allowance highlighter

BY RUDDY ALLEN
Observer staff reporter
ruddya@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, November 16, 2019

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DESPITE the presence of the $900,000 running of Stewards' Cup feature for native-bred two-year-olds, it is the $1.15-million top-rated Open Allowance event that will take centre stage on the nine-race programme at Caymanas Park today.

Although a mere six runners are down to take part in this quick sprint going over 5 furlongs (1,100m), a lot of fireworks are expected, as all runners are in with winning chances of taking home this three-year-old and upward event.

Champion trainer Wayne DaCosta seems to hold the aces with two runners — Mr Universe, who will more than likely be the favourite and the improving Lady Blue, who has won back-to-back races. Anthony Nunes, the leading trainer this season, has the speedy filly Exhilarate in the line-up, hoping to run rivals off their feet.

Former two-time Caribbean Sprint Championship winner Chace The Great from the barn of Vincent Atkinson; My Sister, trained by Gary Subratie; and the Wayne Parchment-conditioned Zephyr should make the race event competitive from the start to the finish in what is anticipated to be a titanium tussle to the wire.

The race is positioned as the seventh event on the card with a post time of 3:50 pm. First race is at 12:30 pm.

In only his second start of the year, Mr Universe finished second in the recent Caribbean Sprint Championship over 6 furlongs (1,200m). The six-year-old chestnut horse carried the field into the straight before he was run down by Another Bullet inside the final furlong of the race, losing out by 1 lengths in a 1:12.2 on October 5. Mr Universe then took the track one week later and was beaten by two lengths by My Sister going 6 furlongs. His first race for the season was on September 7, when coming off a near nine-month break. He was beaten by three parts of a length by stable companion Run Thatcher Run over 5 furlongs. Based on those outings, Mr Universe should now be cherry ripe and could easily put these away without any fuss at all. In all those three runs, Mr Universe had carried 57.0kgs (126 lb), and now he has a mere 50.0kgs (110 lb) to tote, making it very hard to go against him here.

Lady Blue did well to reach this level with back-to-back wins at the Overnight Allowance level. Prior to her wins, Lady Blue was third behind My Sister and Mr Universe in that same race on October 12. The chestnut filly came off the pace and finished 3 lengths behind the two. Lady Blue has the potential and is expected to run a good race.

Exhilarate is a very consistent runner, who continues to be effective in her races at various distances. Exhilarate, after prompting the pace in the recent Caribbean Sprint Championship, gave way in deep stretch and finished down the track. She gets the ideal trip on this occasion and should run a better race here.

Chace The Great is surprisingly without a win all this season from six starts. Chace The Great was expected to be a winner in previous races, but failed on each occasion after being prominent throughout the races. He was very disappointing in the recent Caribbean Sprint Championship, finishing down the track as one of the top runners in the field. Based on his back class, one would say it should be a win for Chace The Great here, as was the case in his previous races but he has gotten his runs now and he should be cherry ripe for this assignment. Chace The Great is going to run a bold race and should be given maximum respect here. Chace The Great's last win was on November 10 of last year when he won the Caribbean Sprint Champion under Dane Nelson.

After her victory over Mr Universe, My Sister competed in the Fontainbleu Trophy over 7 furlongs (1,500m) and tailed home behind Superluminal, Bruce Wayne and Dontae. My Sister has been holding her form well and now back over an ideal trip, she should be in proceedings throughout.

Another consistent runner this season is six-year-old chestnut mare Zephyr. She last raced in the Caribbean Sprint Championship, coming home in fifth place behind Another Bullet. Zephyr was just 3 lengths behind the winner and 1 lengths behind second-place Mr Universe as Zephyr should once again make her presence felt.

The Stewards' Cup, which is the third event on the card with a post time of 1:30 pm, has attracted a good-looking field of nine runners going over 5 furlongs (1000m) on the round course. The winner will more than likely come from the group of Ajita, Rum With Me, Powerman, Mahogany and Glock. Powerman has raced three times before, while the others mentioned are first-time runners. However, based on exercise reports only, the race looks to be among Rum With Me, Mahogany and Glock with the edge given to Mahogany to be ridden by Shane Ellis for trainer Ian Parsard.

Ones to watch:

Race 1) Azaria/Lovely Day/Necromancer

Race 2) Truly Amazing/Super Amia/Jensuneera Steel

Race 3) Mahogany/Glock/Rum With Me

Race 4) Fabulosity/Emma's Pet/Adore Me

Race 5) Fifty Cents/Hologram Shadow/Sweet Destiny

Race 6) Extrduer/Mamacita/Rohan's Choice

Race 7) Mr Universe/Chace The Great/Exhilarate

Race 8) Yetagain/Fresh Cash/Livi's Outrageous

Race 9) Concur/Court Call/Strike It Lucky


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