THE $1.1-million Caymanas Park 1959 Trophy feature race going one mile (1,600m), which highlights today's nine-race card at Caymanas Park, features three-year-old bay colt From Sheer To Ben as the favourite among eight runners.
On August 7 From Sheer To Ben finished fourth behind Uncaptured Empress, Norblar, and Geolithic over seven furlongs (1,400m). The Alford Brown trainee came from last place in the 12-horse race at the half-mile (800m) to finish only three lengths behind the winner in a time of 1:28.4.
From Sheer To Ben has become a morning exerciser since that encouraging run. On Tuesday, August 15 the Here Comes Ben progeny galloped seven furlongs in 1:37.3 minutes to signal his readiness for this trophy race.
Despite the presence of both Norblar and Geolithic in the line-up From Sheer To Ben, who is going to appreciate the additional furlong (200m), is likely to arrive in time for the win here. Shamaree Muir will be replaced by the talented Oneil Mullings aboard From Sheer To Ben.
Both Norblar and Geolithic should be praised for their recent efforts which saw them finish ahead of From Sheer To Ben. They are expected to be competitive once again.
The Restricted Allowance II contest for native-bred three-year-olds (non-winners of two) and imported three-year-olds and upward (maidens) is positioned as the eighth event on the card with a post time of 4:25 pm. First race is at high noon.
Norblar, trained by Gresford Smith, was only beaten by a length by Uncaptured Empress in the August 7 race. The three-year-old bay colt should like this extended trip as well and could go one better. Dane Dawkins, the reigning champion, remains in the saddle.
Geolithic, a three-year-old American-bred bay filly, has only raced twice on home turf and finished third both times. Geolithic, trained by Peter-John Parsard, finished two lengths behind Norblar in a recent seven-furlong race. Geolithic appears to be well-suited by this distance and a winning effort could be on the cards. Reyan Lewis, the current leading jockey, will ride.
All For Love, a three-year-old chestnut filly trained by Gary Subratie, is an intriguing runner in the field. All For Love finished off the board in both the Jamaica St Leger and the Jamaica Oaks Classic races on July 1 and August 5, respectively.
However, in the Jamaica 1000 Guineas at this distance on June 3 the daughter of Nuclear Wayne finished third behind Mamma Mia and Thalita. All For Love should not be taken lightly as none of the runners in the field has the class of Mamma Mia or Thalita. All For Love is expected to make a courageous push here with jockey Raddesh Roman on board.
Sister D, Pretty Caroline, Superio, and Blinkin Light make up the rest of the field.
Ones to watch:
Race 1) Another Champion/Stickydon/Lion Talk
Race 2) Nuclear Noon/Ras Emanuel/Turnonthelight
Race 3) Sonny T and Chippy/Rainsville/Fly Messenger Fly
Race 4) Jungle Boogie/Don Vincenzo/Givemethelight
Race 5) May Sellington/Veliki Vicki/Lady Ramdularie
Race 6) Hoist The Mast/Ruds DIndian/True Bravado
Race 7) Gilbert/She’s Fantastic/AvvaJaelyn
Race 8) From Sheer To Ben/Geolithic/Norblar
Race 9) Fault Line/Dodge This Link/Hecandance