Edison poised to deliver
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Following a hectic holiday season, today's moderately supported nine-race card at Caymanas Park offers no trophy races, hence the three-year-old and up overnight allowance race over 1100 metres takes the spotlight. Post time is 12:30 p.m.
Of the 11 starters declared, EDISON, who beat all barring the out-of-class stable-companion BORDER LINE over 1200 metres on November 29 when running him to 11/2 lengths, is poised to go one better.
Trained by Richard Azan, the consistent six-year-old gelding faces some fit opponents, including the down-in-class imported horse RIO COBRE, who shoulders top weight of 57.0 with Shamaree Muir riding for champion trainer Wayne daCosta. But EDISON, who apparently has a lot in his favour today, seems best equipped to pull it off with four-time champion jockey Omar Walker declared.
Significantly, Walker was injured just prior to the second race on Thursday when thrown from the gates by RULES OF THE CAT and was unable to ride for the rest of the day. Under the circumstances, he might be doubtful today.
True, EDISON has failed to deliver in nine races since his upset win (18-1) over the straight in fast time back in May, but the son of Outrigger has paid his way by making the frame on several occasions and, with the pace likely to come back in deep stretch, EDISON, a good run-on sprinter, will be right there to capitalise.
He has worked well over the past fortnight, galloping 51/2 furlongs in a brisk 1:07.3, and he looks the right choice on the strength of that performance behind BORDER LINE.
RIO COBRE, who is basically better than overnight allowance company when fully fit, will appreciate the drop in class and, given his fine speed, looks the principal danger to EDISON, having beaten CAMPESINO in a driving finish over the round-five course under top weight when last campaigning at this level in August. THE GUV should close rapidly to complete the trifecta.
Other firm fancies on the card are the Wayne DaCosta-trained three-year-old colt SEEKING MY DREAM to go one better in the opening race over 1500 metres for maidens; PRINCE OSHAUN (lone speed) to make all in the third race over a mile; STRIKING DISTANCE to stave off ISRAELITE in the fifth; and MOMS STUDENT to rebound from her narrow defeat to PUDDY POOH on her recent debut in the seventh for maiden three-year-old fillies over 1200 metres.