Fayrouz to return to winning ways

By Ruddy Allen
Observer staff reporter
ruddya@jamaicaobserver.com

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

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The Joseph Armond Memorial Trophy is the designated feature, but it is the Open Allowance contest involving Hover Craft, Another Bullet and three-year-old Fayrouz that will highlight the 10-race programme at Caymanas Park today.

Although there are four other rivals in the race, the three are more advanced runners and should battle for supremacy in the end.

The three-year-old and upward event going nine furlongs and 25 yards (1,820m) for a purse of $1.15 million is positioned as the seventh event on the card with a post time of 3:25 pm. Racing begins at noon with a maiden condition race for native-bred two-year-olds going five furlongs (1,000m) on the round course for a purse of $900,000. The race will feature the highly rated Toona Ciliata from the barn of leading trainer Anthony Nunes.

Of the three mentioned above, the Anthony Nunes-conditioned Fayrouz, who won this year's Jamaica Oaks, is given the edge to beat her older rivals.

Fayrouz, a chestnut filly by Blue Pepsi Lodge out of the Royal Minister mare Princess Geeta, last raced on November 10 in the Invitational Mile, where she finished in fourth place by seven lengths behind Without Exception, Hilly's Halo and Houdini's Magic, all of whom would easily roll over these with the minimum of fuss.

In that race, Fayrouz had Hover Craft six lengths behind her in seventh position and so even though going farther at nine furlongs and 25 yards, it would be difficult to see Hover Craft turning the tables. He is a tough and versatile sort but will have too much to do if he is to beat Fayrouz this time around.

Another Bullet, the six-year-old bay horse is as consistent as they come, but he has never been a firing cannon going two turns and what makes it even harder for him is the fact that he is carrying top weight of 57.0 kgs (126lb) compared to Fayrouz's 53.5 kgs (118lb).

Dane Nelson, last year's Diamond Mile winning jockey, climbs aboard Fayrouz, who should get maximum assistance from the saddle. This year's Diamond Mile winning rider Robert Halledeen sits atop Another Bullet, while apprentice Christopher Mamdeen rides Hover Craft.

In the Joseph Armond Memorial Cup, also over nine plus, the Gary Subratie-trained and Shane Ellis-ridden Dyna's Pride should be an easy winner based on previous performances.

Nuclear Lava looks to be Dyna's Pride's main threat and fact that chestnut filly now goes with the one cup blinkers and trainer Everal Francis has called upon the services of the bustling Nelson makes Nuclear Lava a live contender.

Luminous Power, trained by Ian Parsard and to be ridden by apprentice Reyan Lewis, should also do well here.

Ones to watch

Race 1) Toona Ciliata/Rojorn Di Pilot/Enedina

Race 2) Song On Track/Timeforacat/Beast

Race 3) Dyna's Pride/Nuclear Lava/Luminous Power

Race 4) Instagram/Okahumpka/Dallas

Race 5) Colt Of Arms/Perfecttrublemekka/Twilight Storm

Race 6) Mirabilis/Aurelia's Summer/Agnes T

Race 7) Fayrouz/Another Bullet/Hover Craft

Race 8) Smokey Topaz/Fashionista/Armageddon

Race 9) Musketoon/Photogenic/Concur

Race 10) Secret Slew/Estalita/Legal Dancer

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