Campesino looks set to break drought
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
The 3-y-o and up overnight allowance race over the round five course, ninth race, takes the spotlight on today's 11-race programme.
A field of 10 has been declared and, from the look of things, Philip Feanny-trained CAMPESINO gets a glorious opportunity to record his first win in more than 13 months.
The sparingly raced four-year-old gelding, by Compadre out of the Bold Executive mare, Yaella, just failed to stave off THE GUV over 1,100 metres on August 2, losing by a head after stumbling at the start.
He recovered to chase the speedy filly STREET DANCER at close range and surged ahead approaching the distance, only to be denied by fast-finishing THE GUV within shades of the wire.
CAMPESINO again has Wayne DaCosta-trained STREET DANCER to contend with, but he has looked that much sharper at exercise since, galloping five furlongs in 1:01.0 last Sunday morning. He will prove harder to beat over the minimum trip, especially with former champion Percy Williams retaining the ride at 51.0kg.
not easily denied
STREET DANCER will again ensure a hectic pace along with speedy but proven short runner, RUNJOHNNY RUN. FIERCEANDFABULOUS and the down in class RIO COBRE - a stable-companion of STREET DANCER - are not too high in the weights to keep CAMPESINO honest.
With much riding in his favour today, CAMPESINO will not be easily denied.
Elsewhere on the card, speedy six-year-old mare ANNIE OAKLEY, narrowly beaten by the out-of-class PERFECT FLYER over 1,100 metres on August 9, should rebound in the second race for $180,000 claiming horses over the straight five course.
Conditioned by new trainer Philip Lee, ANNIE OAKLEY has won twice from seven starts this season and has been pretty consistent in her races. She was a winner over the straight course back in February and, despite the presence of the recent course winner MIRACLE RECOVERY and TATTY'S BAD GAL, who loves the distance, ANNIE OAKLEY has most appeal with André Martin aboard.
Down-in-class REASONABLE PRESS should repeat In the first race over 1,400 metres; take NATASHADONTPLAY in the third for maiden three-year-olds; as well as HALEY'S COMET in the fourth; MARCI THE BUTCHER in the sixth; and TITANIC in the seventh.