No stopping Campesino
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
As was the case on Wednesday, only eight races will be run at Caymanas Park today, including the opening race over a mile for the Alty McKenzie Memorial Cup for $350,000-$310,000 claimers to be contested by seven starters.
The interest, however, will be focused on the three-year-old and up overnight allowance race over 1100 metres, the closing race on the card with 11 horses declared.
Several of them such as EDISON, NEW KINGSTON, SCOOP JORDYNE, LADY LIKE and the remarkable STEP IT UP - who steps up in class in a bid for his sixth consecutive win - should ensure that this quick sprint is keenly contested every inch of the way.
After careful examination, I believe it will come down to the quartet of EDISON, CAMPESINO, LADYLIKE and NEW KINGSTON.
EDISON, the mount of champion jockey Dane Nelson, caught the eye when finishing a close fourth (awarded third) to the progressive ROCK UNION over the round five course on October 11 and should be cherry ripe for this race, having been kept on the move at exercise.
It is interesting to note that the Richard Azan-trained five-year-old gelding notched his last win over the straight back in April, beating NEW KINGSTON and EL PODEROSO in a driving finish. Months prior to that, EDISON got up in the nick of time to beat CAMPESINO over this trip and is again expected to fight out the finish.
Strictly at the weights, though, CAMPESINO, from the stables of 14-time champion trainer Philip Feanny, is not only weighted to turn the tables on EDISON, but beat the others as well.
The four-year-old colt carries a mere 51.5kg for the services of in-form lightweight jockey Percy Williams and despite flopping as the favourite behind the smart American colt, FORTUNEONEHUNDRED, in a fast-run race over this trip (1:05.3) on September 13, finishing eight lengths fourth, he has come down 4.5kg in the weights and should prove a different proposition.
LIGHT WEIGHT ADVANTAGE
CAMPESINO (working well) obviously runs best when lightly weighted and recalling his close second to THE GUV over this trip on August 2 when caught on the wire, should stave off EDISON at these weights.
The Alty McKenzie Memorial Cup should provide the free-running five-year-old mare, JADA'SFABULOUSTOUR, with a post to post win from the convenient mark of 52.0kg and in-form Robert Halledeen aboard.
There is little or no pace in the race and this will suit the Leroy Tomlinson-trained JADASFABULOUSTOUR just fine. She should stave off Ryan Darby's COLD GROUND, with Dane Nelson aboard.
Other firm fancies on the card are the two-year-old debutant MR. AMBASSADOR (working well) in the second race, ZACKONETHEATTACK to rebound in the fourth, sparingly raced OPULENT in the sixth and Wednesday's scorer STOP A GAP to repeat in the seventh.