Horse Racing

Orpheus for Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame Stakes Trophy

BY RUDDY ALLEN
Observer staff reporter
ruddya@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, June 23, 2018

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Jamaica Racing Commission (JRC), the regulatory arm of the horseracing in Jamaica, will have its race day today to be highlighted by the six-furlong (1,200m) Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame Stakes Trophy.

With a field of 11 runners boasting some aspiring sprinters along with those seeking to unseat the established lot, the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame Stakes Trophy is expected to be quite a contest.

Orpheus, Mr Universe, Bilingual, Another Bullet and Campesino are all in with sound chances of taking home the major share of the $1.25-million purse of the Open Allowance event for three-year-olds and upward. The remaining six runners — Jamai Raja, Supertronics, Dysfunctional, Timeforarms, Birdie My Love and Wong Don — will play their usual part in the race. The race is scheduled to go off at 5:10 pm with first post at noon.

Orpheus has two wins from three starts this season and comes into the race nicely freshened from a three-month break. Orpheus's victories came over seven (1,400m) and seven-and-a-half (1,500m) furlongs, respectively. However, the chestnut colt did well after those two runs to finish second by a length behind stable companion Siempre Bueno over the five-straight (1,000m) course in a quick 57.3. This shows that the Anthony Nunes trainee can sprint and will not find six furlongs (1,200m) a problem against these.

If the pace of the race is not too hot, Orpheus ( Adore The Gold-La Reina), with his late flourish, should get up in time to beat rivals in the end.

Mr Universe ( Region Of Merit-Raging Fury) is the true speedster in the race. The chestnut colt didn't do badly in the recent Lotto Sprint Trophy over five-and-a-half furlongs (1,100m) in Grade One company and now dropped a class to contest this. Mr Universe should make a brave bid.

Bilingual ( Fearless Vision-Electrifying) ran well when coming to this class on June 6, when as the chestnut filly was only a length and a quarter adrift in third place behind Commander Two and Lottery Ticket going seven furlings (1,400m). Prior to that, Bilingual had won a six-furlong (1,200m) event in a good 1:12.3, and if she can reproduce that effort, then it is expected that she could challenge for top honours in a race of this nature.

The Patrick Lynch-trained Another Bullet ( Nasheet-Wisley Noted) is very much comfortable in his career at the moment. The six-year-old bay horse has two wins from seven starts this season, already with one of those wins coming in a five furlong (1,000m) round event. Another Bullet is as versatile as they come and six furlongs (1,200m) will not be an issue, especially that he is not too heavy at 57.0 kg (126 lb).

Former top-class campaigner Campesino ( Comparde-Yaella) has not raced since finishing fourth in the Caribbean Sprint last November. The Philip Feanny trainee has been training well coming into this race, but even if he is close to his best in which he would dismantle these, being out for so long, Campesino might need this run to find his footing but will run well.

Ones to watch

Race 1) Dusseldorf/Original Train/Chief Prospect

Race 2) Colt Of Arms/Blood Song/Unxpected

Race 3) Fortuneonehundred/Milagro/Woodhouse

Race 4) Royal Girl/Sundance/Laguna Point

Race 5) Winter Is Coming/Blue Tradition/Vice Royalty

Race 6) Herecomestheboss/Stylloon/Chukka Boy

Race 7) First Selection/Lady Budget/Cloudy Greyt

Race 8) Talented Tony K/Armageddon/Loose Cannon

Race 9) Madam Secretary/Big Dream/Nuclear Dan Dada

Race 10) Orpheus/Another Bullet/Campesino

Race 11) My Angel Briannah/Boffo/Princess Caula

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