Look to Power From Above in Hitchins Memorial
Power From Aboves

Power From Above, despite her no-show in the recent Winston "Fanny" Griffiths OD Classic, should have no trouble defeating ordinary competitors in the $1.1-million Louis Hitchins Memorial Cup, the highlight of Sunday's 10-race card at Caymanas Park.

Power From Above was anticipated to figure in the Winston "Fanna" Griffiths after placing second behind Mamma Mia in the Jamaica Oaks Classic on August 5. However, the three-year-old chestnut filly finished fifth by over 11 lengths in the nine-and-a-half-furlong (1,900m) race on September 2.

The Anthony Nunes trainee struggled to gain momentum throughout the race and was caught off guard when the pace quickened as she approached the half-mile (800m) turn. Essential Quality won the competition with just one move and a commanding 7 3/4-length victory.

Now that she has returned 22 days after her absence and is well-rested for this Cup race, Power From Above should use her class to defeat these competitors who haven't really shown anything promising so far. Power From Above is anticipated to stalk the pace from a close distance and, once she chose to run, the race should be done given there isn't really any significant speed in the race.

Secret Admiral

The Restricted Allowance II event for native-bred three-year-olds (non-winners of two) and imported three-year-olds and upward (maidens) going nine furlongs (1,800m) is positioned as the eighth event with a post time of 4:05 pm. The first race is at 11:45 am.

Power From Above could have some challenge from Secret Admiral, who finished third in the Jamaica Derby over 12 furlongs (2,400m) on August 7.

In the final Classic race of the season, Secret Admiral overcame some seriously lagging competitors to place third, 11 lengths behind Ability and Money Miser. Carl Anderson's Secret Admiral was unable to follow up in his subsequent race on September 10 over a mile (1,600m), finishing behind Norblar in seventh place.

Although he would have preferred it to be longer, Secret Admiral should perform better here given the small field of only eight competitors.

Another competitor, From Sheer To Ben, should run well but will find Power From Above to be too hot to handle. On August 20, he finished third in his most recent mile-long race some 15 lengths back of the winner, Geolithic. From Sheer To Ben ought to win this race, given the nature of the competition. The remaining competitors are Antarctica, Life Is Life, Powerofherhighness, Supero, and Lady Paula.

Ones to watch

Race 1) Kwaku/Bridal Blush/Rocky Lily

Race 2) Maya/Pro Johnny/Morse Code

BY RUDDY ALLEN Staff reporter ruddya@jamaicaobserver.com

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