'Tony K' to make winning return
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Today's midweek programme at Caymanas Park marks the return to active competition of the 2000 Guineas and Lotto Classic (Governor's Cup) winner, TALENTED TONY K.
Following a three-month absence, 'TONY K', from Lorne Kirlew's stable, is one of eight horses declared for the three-year-old and up open allowance race at 1600 metres, where he will come face to face with recent fast-time runaway winner, WILLIE GOLDSMITH, himself a 2000 Guineas winner in 2013.
It will be an interesting race between the two classic winners, especially with others such as recent winner FORTUNEONEHUNDRED, RIO COBRE and TRADITIONAL PRINCE to keep them honest.
Last time out, TALENTED TONY K finished a disappointing fourth to RELAMPAGO in the July 5 St Leger but, from all indications, has benefited immensely from the break.
The bay colt, by Traditional out of Ocean Liner, has been taken to task at exercise by Kirlew and has truly impressed in his preparation, galloping 5 1/2 furlongs in a brisk 1:06.2, by a minute flat, last Thursday morning.
With his preparation complete and returning at 52.5kg, in addition to being reunited with Guineas-winning jockey Omar Walker, TALENTED TONY K is going to take a lot of beating.
Still, he can ill-afford to skip a beat as Patrick Chang-trained WILLIE GOLDSMITH, who won his first race since his 2013 Guineas win on August 30 - a wait of 16 months - will be coming razor sharp in a bid for a second consecutive win.
Following his runaway win over 1300 metres in overnight company on August 30, WILLIE GOLDSMITH turned heads at exercise last Thursday morning with a fast 1:06.0 for 5 1/2 furlongs by 1:00.2.
The four-year-old son of Traditional is obviously back to his best and though stepping up in class, looks nicely in with 51.0 kg and in-form apprentice O'Brien White again in the saddle.
However, TALENTED TONY K has a bit more class and, despite the strong claims of WILLIE GOLDSMITH, as well as speedy imported four-year-old gelding FORTUNEONEHUNDRED and TRADITIONAL PRINCE.
Other firm fancies on the card are down-in-class MISS BOSS LADY, with Omar Walker up to catch COLD GROUND, and the front-running LADY BELRIDGE, under three-time champion Hubert Bartley, in the opening race at 1820 metres; INSANE BOLT to rebound under leading jockey Dick Cardenas in the second; STAR NEW VISTA with champion jockey Dane Nelson in the fifth; LOCKED AND LOADED to repeat in the sixth; and MINNIFFIA, with Walker aboard, to catch Nelson astride PRINCESS SHEMIKA in the seventh, 1200 metres.