Locked And Loaded, Sparkling Michaela have point to prove
The annual United Racehorse Trainers' Association (URTA) raceday is on at Caymanas Park today, the 10-race programme features the URTA Association Trophy, 1820 metres, for three-year-olds and upwards.
This restricted stakes has attracted seven starters, including five that contested the Royal Dad Trophy on October 25.
That turned out to be an eventful event, as first-past-the-posts, SPARKLING MICHAELA was disqualified by the stewards and the race awarded to LOCK AND LOADED, with whom she had interfered in the last furlong.
Both renew rivalry with the Lance Richards trained SPARKLING MICHAELA on 1.0kg better terms.
Also in that race was then odds-on favourite BIGBROWNGREYHOPE and BECKHAM, both of whom ran below expectations as well as STAR NEW VISTA, who was not disgraced in finishing fourth.
While it should be close between SPARKLING MICHAELA (Dick Cardenas now aboard) and LOCKED AND LOADED on the strength of their last performances, the American four-year-old colt, BIGBROWNGREYHOPE, has the capacity to rebound after his surprising flop in the Royal Dad Trophy, and is worth another chance with in-form Robert Halledeen aboard.
Anthony Nunes-trained LOCKED AND LOADED, who has won two of his last three races and still looks nicely in with 52.0kg and top apprentice O'Brien White retaining the ride.
LOCKED AND LOADED was repeatedly hindered by the leader SPARKLING MICHAELA when challenging on the outside in the last furlong and, would have beaten her, given a trouble-free run.
PEAK OF FORM
LOCKED AND LOADED will report in good nick and, with the Nunes stable in the peak of form at present, the Adore The Gold-Runin on Empty colt should upstage BIGBROWNGREYHOPE and SPARKLING MICHAELA without the help of the stewards.
Elsewhere on the card, SCOOP JORDYNE, fast approaching peak fitness, is poised to win the three-year-old and upwards overnight allowance race, with former champion Omar Walker, despite the presence of old rivals AMICABLE, CAMPESINO and TECHNOCAT in an 11-strong field.
A proven campaigner, SCOOP JORDYNE had to cope with loss of form for most of the season but has been looking up, characterised by his close third to super-fit STEP IT UP in a fast-run 1100-metre race recently.
SCOOP JORDYNE will love the additional 300 metres of this race and gets the nod over old rival AMICABLE, who finished just ahead of him at 1300 metres last month in the race won by PHINEAS. Other firm fancies are the two-year-old debutante LADY SANGEETA in the fourth race, LADY ABHIJITA in the sixth, SIR WILLIE in the eighth and THUNDER HEART in the 10th.