Typewriter to etch name on PM Stakes trophy
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
The island's top distance horses will be on show at Caymanas Park today in the 52nd running of the Prime Minister's Stakes grade-one feature over 2,000 metres, the field including last year's Superstakes winner, TYPEWRITER, with Shane Ellis aboard.
The Independence Day nine-race programme also features the annual renewal of the Independence Day Stakes Trophy for $180,000 claiming horses over 1,600 metres with 14 declared.
The focus of attention, however, will definitely be on the Prime Minister' Stakes and with the best horses over a distance of ground present, it promises to be an intriguing contest despite a small field of six.
Although the betting should be tight among the top four, preference is for TYPEWRITER, a proven big-occasion performer. His main rivals are recent conqueror COMMANDING CHIEF, under champion jockey Dane Nelson; 2013 Derby and St Leger winner, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, with Shamaree Muir aboard; and Ian Parsard's American horse, UPPA TUNE (Richard Mitchell up), who is coming off a recent fast-time win over the straight in the Reggae Trophy. Versatile and consistent, UPPA TUNE, will have to be caught.
Everal Francis-trained COMMANDING CHIEF is unbeaten in two starts this season and, from all indications, is an improved animal. He finished third to TYPEWRITER and PERFECT NEIGHBOUR over the distance in last November's Superstakes, but has found his ideal rider in Dane 'The Warrior Chief' Nelson and, although asked to carry topweight of 57.0kg, can prove equal to the task.
Wayne DaCosta-trained PERFECT NEIGHBOUR was a disappointing favourite behind COMMANDING CHIEF in the Viceroy Trophy but, despite this, has been taken to task at exercise and looks real tempting at the weights with only 52.0kg.
Spencer Chung-trained TYPEWRITER has not only trained well in preparation for this trophy, but obviously loves two-turn races. Having won the Derby in 2012 and the Superstakes last year, the classy five-year-old gelding, by Western Classic-Docs' Paladin, should prove too strong for rivals in the last furlong with 56.0kg.
He should race just off the early pace set by UPPA TUNE and the chasing COMMANDING CHIEF, until coming through a furlong out.
Recent runaway winner CAUSE FOR CONCERN should repeat at the expense of PRIESTKING in the Independence Stakes Trophy over a mile; INSANE BOLT in the first race under title-chasing jockey Dick Cardenas; UNCLE TAF to upstage RAGING PROSPECT in the overnight allowance race over 1,500 metres and DAGGA DAGGA LINKS in the sixth over the straight.