‘Angeline’ to bubble in Caribbean Sprint
The 26th running of the Tutti Frutti-sponsored Caribbean Sprint Championship over 1200 metres at Caymanas Park tomorrow promises to be a hotly contested affair, what with the top native bred sprinters in training present in a field of 12. It offers a total purse of $1.75 million.
Leading the charge is the Robert Pearson-trained POTCHEEN, the only true blue grade one sprinter in the line-up. Four-time champion jockey Omar Walker again has the ride.
The vastly improved five-year-old gelding beat subsequent winner and stable-companion, UPPA TUNE, over 1300 metres in grade one company on September 20 and although the fleet-footed UPPA TUNE subsequently turned the tables on him in the None Such Sprint over 1200 metres on October 18, he lost few if any marks in defeat with topweight of 57.0kg.
Although not the best drawn on the inside at post position one, POTCHEEN, given a trouble-free run on the rails, can prove equal to the task now that the four-year-olds and up such as WILLIE GOLDSMITH, CRUCIAL APPEAL and the very fit ROCK UNION have all been asked to sit level with him on 57.0kg.
But POTCHEEN, good horse as he is, should be wary of the two classy three-year-olds in the lineup - BUBBLING ANGELINE and TALENTED TONY K.
The Philip Feanny-trained filly BUBBLING ANGELINE has shown vast improvement over sprint distances in the second half of the season and now bids for her fourth consecutive win on the trot.
She faces the sternest test of her career, especially against a tough horse like POTCHEEN. But she has looked real sharp at exercise and will be gunning to make all the running under customary rider Percy Williams. She comes in at the convenient mark of 53.0kg and whatever happens will have to be caught.
The Lorne Kirlew-trained three-year-old colt, TALENTED TONY K, also has good speed and now better for his recent pipe-opener behind the American colt FORTUNEONEHUNDRED over this trip on October 8, when missing the break, should impact on the outcome with former champion jockey Trevor Simpson breaking him from a favourable draw on the outside.
TALENTED TONY K won the 2000 Guineas and Lotto Classic (Governor's Cup) earlier this season before losing his edge behind RELAMPAGO in the derby and St. Leger in midsummer. But Kirlew said his charge is ready to rumble.
"He has worked well and different tactics will be employed on this occasion. Last time he staggered out of the gates from post position two, but the draw is in his favour this time and I am expecting him to fight out the finish," said Kirlew, who is popularly called 'Georgie'.
If BUBBLING ANGELINE can lead them into the straight, as I expect her to do, she should stave off the highly-fancied POTCHEEN and TALENTED TONY K.