Horse Racing

Hover Craft to land knotty 5th race

BY RUDDY ALLEN
Observer staff reporter
ruddya@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, October 19, 2019

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The Wayne DaCosta-trained Summer Sun and Hover Craft seem more advanced than rivals and could have a battle among themselves in the top-rated Non-Restricted Overnight Allowance event at Caymanas Park today.

Going over today's distance of nine furlongs and 25 yards, both runners have accounted for six wins between them with Summer Sun having two victories, and Hover Craft owning four.

The last time both horses met was on September 14 going one mile (1,600m) where Summer Sun finished in third place and Hover Craft laboured into fourth position. The race was won by Toona Ciliata, who got the better of Uncle Vinnie, who is also in this line-up.

That day, Phillip Parchment rode Summer Sun and apprentice Abigail Able rode Hover Craft, but today, Raddesh Roman replaces Parchment and Omar Walker replaces Able and that could determine the outcome of the race.

Summer Sun was a winner on last over seven furlongs (1,400m), beating My Elle Belle and Wartime by length and a half in 1:26.2 minutes, coming from 12 lengths in 13th position at the half-mile. That run showed that he is getting better and better and the three-year-old chestnut colt could well repeat here.

Despite getting on in age, Hover Craft is still there when required by his trainer. Going two turns, which he loves, Hover Craft is going to have a telling effect here and has a glorious chance of winning.

The three-year-old and upward event is positioned as the fifth race on the card with a post time of 2:15 pm. First race is at noon.

My Elle Belle, Uncle Vinnie, Marquesas, and Jamai Raja should keep the top two honest and if they ( Summer Sun and Hover Craft) should falter, then the winner should come from any of the quartet mention earlier.

Also on tap is the fourth running of the Front Runner Sprint, a maiden special weight event for native-bred two-year-olds going five and a half furlongs (1,100m). The race is sponsored by Nutramix.

The winner should come from the group of Versatile Vision, Fearless Champion, Task Force, and Above and Beyond. Fearless Champion is trained by Wayne DaCosta, while the others are at Anthony Nunes' stable.


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