Crucial Appeal to go all the way
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Having led at a fast clip to the last furlong over 1500 metres a week ago, CRUCIAL APPEAL should show rivals a clean pair of heels over a shorter distance in the 3-y-o and up overnight allowance race to be contested by nine starters over the straight at Caymanas Park today.
Trained by Patrick 'Wacky' Lynch, who has done really well with his string of horses this season, CRUCIAL APPEAL looked the likely winner last Saturday when cruising into the straight four lengths clear of the favourite FRANFIELD. But the 4-y-o son of Crucial Trial-Late Appeal shortened in the last furlong and was relegated to third by the fast-finishing HOVER CRAFT with FRANFIELD a length second.
CRUCIAL APPEAL, who led in exciting splits of 23.2, 45.4 for the half mile and 1:11.1 for the first six furlongs, returns rather quickly to contest this race, and with a mere 50.0kg and top apprentice O'Brien White aboard, is tipped to recoup losses.
He has secured a favourable draw on the outside at post position eight, and despite the good claims of FIERCEANDFABULOUS under leading jockey Dick Cardenas, EDISON with smart apprentice Romario Saunders aboard, RED FLAG with champion Dane Nelson, NEW KINGSTON and JANIBOUTICE (all ideally suited to the straight), CRUCIAL APPEAL seems best equipped to take top honours.
The American-bred 3-y-o filly JANIBOUTICE actually beat him when they last met over the straight on August 2, but he was badly drawn on the far rails then and went under by two lengths.
CRUCIAL APPEAL is a different horse now, and given the swing in the weights with the Richard Azan-trained JANIBOUTICE, should not only turn the tables but stave off another Azan horse, EDISON, and FIERCEANDFABULOUS as well.
Elsewhere on the 10-race programme, Cardenas and his guv'nor, champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, should team up to win the seventh and ninth races on the card with ante-post favourites CLASSY PROSPECT and ALSO CORRECT, respectively.
The down-in-class CLASSY PROSPECT is one of 11 horses declared for the $450,000-$400,000 claiming race over 1820 metres, but with none as accomplished as the former grade-one winner, he should have an easy passage, now dropped to this level.
Meanwhile, the three-year-old filly ALSO CORRECT failed by a short head to catch the front-running PRO SECO over 1500 metres when apprentice ridden on August 30, and with stable jockey Cardenas replacing the inexperienced apprentice Marc Griffiths, she should make no mistake. I also like PEARL APPEAL with Nelson up to win the fourth, lightly weighted GOLD RUSH to stave off MINISTEROFJUSTICE in the eighth, and PERFECT GOLD (knocking at the door) with Nelson up in the closing straight-five race for maidens.