Military Move fancied for Mattis feature
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
MILITARY MOVE, now dropped in class, should topple his five opponents and win the annual renewal of the 3-y-o and up overnight allowance race for the Kenneth Mattis O.D. Trophy over 2000 metres at Caymanas Park today. The race is run in honour of the seven-time champion trainer and top-line heavyweight jockey, Ken Mattis.
Popularly called 'Kiddy', Mattis has the unique distinction of being inducted into the Hall of Fame twice - initially for his exploits as a jockey and later as a trainer of such outstanding horses as LEGAL LIGHT and ROYAL DAD.
Trained by Lawrence Freemantle who is enjoying good form of late, MILITARY MOVE reports well refreshed from a two-month absence, with Hall of Fame jockey Winston Griffiths down to ride him under top weight of 56.0lkg. But this will not deter the 5-y-o son of Outrigger, and having shown a liking for two-turn races and Griffiths having won with him in the past, I really fancy his chances today.
When last raced on 1700 metres on July 9 in open-allowance company, MILITARY MOVE was not disgraced in finishing seven lengths fourth to hot favourite EXOTIC GOLD. Prior to that, he beat all barring TYPEWRITER over 1820 metres, finishing clear of the third horse ALL CORRECT, a subsequent winner.
Truth be told, the quality of his performances makes him a standout in this small field, even though the Fitzroy Glispie-trained RAGING PROSPECT, an old rival, could ensure he is extended over this particular trip.
It should be recalled that MILITARY MOVE had RAGING PROSPECT some 73/4 lengths away third when beating him over 1820 metres on May 3, and at the revised weights, should again have his measure, and beat the others as well.
MILITARY MOVE has good pace, and in light of this I am expecting him to track CLASSY PROSPECT and RAGING PROSPECT leaving the half-mile before moving into overdrive from the final bend.
Elsewhere on the 10-race programme, FRANFIELD with champion jockey Dane Nelson aboard should lead home the improving pair of RUMBLE and PRO SECO, both recent winners, in the seventh race over a mile for native and imported three-year-olds.
After winning very easily over 1400 metres on July 26 with Nelson astride, the chestnut colt from the stables of Richard Azan was beaten into second place by the front-running CRUCIAL APPEAL over 1300 metres on August 16, but has worked well since, and given the additional 300 metres of this race, FRANFIELD should rebound with a win.
Other firm fancies on the card are OVATION in the first race, DR. BLAIR in the third, TITANIC to go one better in the fifth, and BIGMAN TING to stave off LORD CHEPSO and ROUGH PATRICK in the closing race for maiden three-year-olds over 1500 metres.