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Crucial Appeal leads runners in competitive field

BY RUDDY ALLEN
Observer staff reporter
ruddy.allen@jamaicaobserver.com

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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Although the Henry Harrison Memorial Cup is the designated feature race, it is the competitiveness of the top-rated Overnight Allowance event that will surely draw the most attention of race goers on the 10-race programme at Caymanas Park today.

Twelve runners have been entered for this highly competitive encounter with at least half of the field in with a chance of taking top prize in the six-and-a-half furlongs (1,300m) event for three-year-olds and upward.

The leading contenders are Crucial Appeal, Runallday, Soy El Senor and Sarah Lee. However. the race is confined to these runners as you have the likes of A.P.I, Lord Equus, Lightning Lily, and Dancing Queen, all with a say in the outcome.

Crucial Appeal ran really well at the races on July 7, when he was just beaten by Bimini going five furlongs (1,000m) on the round course. The eight-year-old chestnut gelding by Crucial Trial- Late Appeal was surprisingly well off the pace and then came storming in the final furlong (200m), failing by a head in the end. This extra furlong and a half (300m) should suit Crucial Appeal well even with some extra weight. Anthony Thomas remains in the saddle, which is a good sign of confidence from the connections.

Runallday was outsprinted in that same race with Crucial Appeal, finishing sixth position by over five lengths. The extra furlong and a half (300m) of this race is going to be liked by Runallday, who will be off the pace, and her final rattle in deep stretch might just be enough in the end.

The consistent Soy El Senor only needs a clean break in order to lead home these runners. The five-year-old grey horse came with a good run on last (June 16), but found a rejuvenated Poker Star in his path going six furlongs (1,200m).

Now going half furlong (100m), Soy El Senor is going to be even more competitive. Although topping the handicaps at 57.0 kgs (126 lb), the Anthony Nunes trainee has a glorious chance of taking this one.

Sarah Lee has been doing well in Overnight Allowance company and is expected to continue doing the same here. The bay filly was somewhat disappointed on last when finishing in fifth place by over six lengths to Uncle Frank and company over seven furlongs (1,400m), but that run can be thrown out the window.

One should expect Sarah Lee to be just off the pace and then come running in the straight. This is a perfect trip for the tough and consistent Sarah Lee, and she is in striking distance of winning.

Meanwhile, the Henry George Harrison Memorial Cup, a Restrictive Allowance event going six-and-a-half furlongs (1,300m), will see El Maestro, Uncle Wal, Blood Song, Twilight Storm, Living The Dream, and Lady In The Arena battling for top honours.

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