Mr Luval to topple old rivals
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
MR LUVAL can make amends for his luckless run last time out by winning the $550,000-$500,000 claiming race over 1,600 metres at Caymanas Park today.
The four-year-old grey colt from the stables of champion trainer Wayne DaCosta finished third in a blanket finish to the front-running CLASSIC BEAU and STOP A GAP over 1,500 metres as the 9-5 favourite on July 16 but encountered repeated traffic problems when full of running approaching the distance, forcing jockey Dick Cardenas to switch him to the outside lane in the race. He fairly flew in the closing stages but was just too late.
MR LUVAL will renew rivalry with both CLASSIC BEAU and STOP A GAP over the additional 100 metres of today's race, and having looked sharp at exercise last Saturday morning, galloping six furlongs in 1:15.1, should make no mistake with champion apprentice Shamaree Muir in the saddle.
He enjoys a 4.0kg swing in the weights with CLASSIC BEAU, who will no doubt attempt to make all once again. STOP A GAP, who held on by a short head for second, renews rivalry with MR LUVAL on similar terms and will be a dangerous opponent with Paul 'Country' Francis retaining the ride.
MISS BOSS LADY and OVATION finished second and third, respectively, to REASONABLE PRESS over 1,500 metres last Saturday, and along with CLASSIC BEAU, should be thereabouts at the finish. But with MR LUVAL having secured a perfect draw on the outside of the nine-horse field, the son of He'stherealting-Thankuluval should avoid traffic into the straight and prove too strong for old rivals STOP A GAP and CLASSIC BEAU in the last furlong.
Thirteen horses (non-winners of two) will contest the day's restricted allowance feature over 1300 metres for the Henry George Harrison Sr. Memorial Cup, including top contenders PLAY STATION and the recent winner, TOKICO.
With PLAY STATION having caught the eye at exercise in preparation for this trophy, the 4-y-o filly from the stables of Borris McIntosh is preferred. She carries a mere 51.5kg for the services of in-form apprentice Davidan Robinson and on past performances, should lead home TOKICO, with Shane Ellis again slated, and KAY SUE.
Other firm fancies on the card are NATASHADONTPLAY to go one better in the second race over a mile for maiden three-year-olds; the promising 3-y-o filly PRO SECO to do likewise in the third; the speedy GRANDE MARQUE in division one of the CTL Exercise Riders' race; PERFECT FLYER to repeat in the fifth; and BARACODA in the eighth race for maiden four-year-olds and up over 1,500 metres.