Uppa Tune gets nod over Potcheen
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Trainer Robert Pearson holds a strong hand in today's grade one feature for the None Such Sprint Trophy over 1,200 metres with the highly fancied trio of POTCHEEN, UPPA TUNE and PETE'SWILDONE at Caymanas Park.
These three, representing the top grade one sprinters in training, should fight it out, and while the vastly improved, POTCHEEN should start favourite on the strength of his September 20 winning run over 1,300 metres under topweight of 57.0kg, I would not be surprised to see the speedy American horse, UPPA TUNE, turning the tables today.
POTCHEEN, who is the ante-post favourite for the November 8 Caribbean Sprint Championship, ran on well under topweight of 57.0kg to beat long-time leader UPPA TUNE by 2 1/4 lengths with PETE'SWILDONE, the then favourite, finishing 4 1/2 lengths fourth.
With all three having won grade one races this season for their previous trainer, Ian Parsard, it should be interesting. But I see it coming down to POTCHEEN, with in-form ex-champion Omar Walker again in the saddle, and UPPA TUNE, with Paul 'Country' Francis replacing Richard 'Bya' Mitchell.
UPPA TUNE, with the cheek pieces now fitted, renews rivalry on 2.0kg better terms and being the lone speed present, will have to be caught. POTCHEEN, however, should track him into the straight and it will more than likely go down to the wire this time, with UPPA TUNE just prevailing over the shorter distance.
BOY WONDER returns
Elsewhere on the 10-race programme, Omar Walker should complete a double with the sparingly raced, but talented three-year-old colt, BOY WONDER, who returns from an eight-month absence to contest the fourth race over 1,100 metres for three-year-olds.
The chestnut colt, who now takes orders from Robert Pearson, was unbeaten in his first two races, which he won by the combined margins of 23 1/4 lengths, but finished second to INSANE BOLT over 1,400 metres when last raced in February.
It was discovered by his then trainer, Parsard, that he was injured in that race and has been sidelined since. Having moved impressively at exercise in recent weeks, beating stable companion POTCHEEN last Sunday morning, BOY WONDER, with Lasix now administered, should have little difficulty in winning ahead of DAGGA DAGGA LINKS and BUTLER CABIN in a 12-horse field.
Other firm fancies on the card are RAJA SARANGI in the opening race over 1,500 metres, STOP A GAP to catch the front running CLASSIC BEAU in the second over 1,400 metres, along with the well-forward two-year-old debutant SILVER CLOUD (working well) in the third, AMICABLE in the seventh and the 3-y-o gelding, TOUCH THE ROAD, to catch DIOR in the closing straight five race for $180,000 claimers.