Horse Racing

Another Vigorous to drop hand in Cash Pot 'Only One For Me' feature

...uncertainty looms over the presence of Omar Walker

Observer writer

Saturday, October 14, 2017

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The Cash Pot 'Only One For Me' Trophy will launch the 13th running of the Supreme Ventures Limited-sponsored, native-bred, Two-Year-Old 'Triple Crown' series with an 11-trophy race programme at Caymanas Park today.

It is not always that the opening two-year-old series sports two of its best -looking prospects to vie for the major share of the $3.25-million purse going six furlongs (1,200 metres) at approximately 4:35 pm, with the first post at 11:40 am.

However, one uncertainty on the day is whether or not the leading rider Omar Walker will compete on the programme. Walker, who is slated to ride in 10 of the 11 races carded, fell from one of his mounts during an exercise gallop at Caymanas Park yesterday morning and was rushed to hospital.

He suffered a broken hand and will be sidelined for sometime. Walker was slated ride Greek Goddess for top trainer Wayne DaCosta in the Cast Pot 'Only One For Me' Trophy feature race.

Today's launch could also follow the same pattern as last year's, with two two-year-olds Another Vigorous and Patriarch, who gave indications that they are amongst the brightest prospects for the season for glory, matching strides in the opening event, with one of the two more than likely to win.

A number of the other runners carded have met before but these two are yet to do so. This, therefore, sets the stage for a momentous clash. Both have performed with equal virtuosity and today's meeting should be instructive. Without seeing them race together and over like distances it might be just too early to make a definitive call.

Patriarch was majestic in his opening salvo, but in spite of his command performance over the five-furlong (1,000 metres) straight course with a run of 58.3 seconds, the fantastic run by Another Vigorous while riding the bend on the round course going five and a half furlongs (1,100 metres), showed glowing Classic potential. His electrifying run of 1:05.4 minutes was a very smart showing and forces one to harbour concrete ideas of a champion in the making.

What was noticeable about the run was the moderate and unhurried splits of 23.1 and 46.1 seconds performed by Another Vigorous, which gave the impression that he was on an afternoon stroll for his apprentice rider Dane Dawkins. The run gave a fair indication that he will enjoy a distance of ground much farther than five and a half furlongs. It will, therefore, not surprise that victories are in store when called upon to do more running.

Much is not yet known about the Casual Trick/Electrifying combination at this stage, but Legal Process is a Classic- producing son of Deputy Minister who has this habit of throwing up something special when least expected, and this could be something in the making with Another Vigorous.

A bay gelded son of Legal Process out of the Go For Gin mare Miss Nickles, Another Vigorous was bred by New Blue Ltd and is trained by Rowan Mathie for owner by Lloyd L Davis.

Patriarch is a bay colt by Casual Trick out of the Traditional mare Electrifying. He was bred by Elias Haloute and is part-owned with Stephan Narinesingh, trained by Anthony “Baba” Nunes and ridden by Dick Cardenas.

In addition to Patriarch, Nunes will saddle Nadeschico with Wesley Henry and Necromancer with Javaniel Patterson. Neither is here to make up numbers for any slippage on the part of the top two they either one is capable enough to fill the breach, having worked with a strong performance in mind.

Noticeable absentee from the opening action is Without Exception, the full brother to She's A Maneater. Without Exception disqualified himself by injury and could be absent for the rest of the two-year-old season. Nonetheless, his stable is represented by the Elizabeth DaCosta-owned Greek Goddess.

Trainer Richard Azan has two entries in Woodhouse and Honey Ryda. Woodhouse has gone to the wicket on three occasions without a win so he may be discounted, although when Paul Francis is aboard he is not there only for the ride. However, it is from Honey Ryda the challenge should stem. This is naturally so as stable rider Shane Ellis has ridden both and has chosen Honey Ryda ahead of Woodhouse.

Ones To Watch

Race 1 Christilano, Brandy, Fayrouz

Race 2 Moneyneversleeps, Counter Attack, Mr Romantic

Race 3 Bay Commander, Conclusion, Queen Of Bagdad

Race 4 Unbreakable, Party Cup, Supertronics

Race 5 Winter Is Coming, Twilight Storm, Proud Of Nuclear

Race 6 Loose Cannon, Sweet Peppa, Runallday

Race 7 Fastandflashy, First'K'Boy, Machu Picchu

Race 8 Hover Craft, Blue Dixie, Jamai Raja

Race 9 First Selection, Lady Exotic, Mirabalis

Race 10 Another Vigorous, Patriarch, Dad's Luck

Race 11 Prince Kamali, Jon Marshall, Sure Step




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