Rumble to make winning return
The lightly raced four-year-old filly RUMBLE returns from a six-month layoff to contest the annual renewal of the Howard Phillipps Memorial Trophy over 1100 metres at Caymanas Park today. Judging from her preparation, RUMBLE should return on a winning note.
The race, one of two offering trophies on the 10-race programme, has attracted 14 starters, and while RUMBLE catches my fancy, she can expect stiff opposition from the speedy ZARIAHRICHIE DIAMOND (a recent winner), ZACKONTHEATTACK, and consistent DAGGA DAGGA LINKS. She looks really tempting at the weights, with only 51.0kg, and with Paul 'Country' Francis aboard.
Trained by 14-time champion Philip Feanny, RUMBLE has won twice from five starts, including her first race over this trip in July last year, at the expense of PRO SECO.
The chestnut filly by Graeme Hall out of Beware Baby also won easily over 1200 metres on August 9, but was forced out of her intended race on September 6 after sustaining an injury en route to the start.
Although racing for the first time since August, RUMBLE has looked razor sharp at exercise, galloping five furlongs in 1:01.1 last Saturday morning. I am expecting her to race in close touch of the Lorne Kirlew-trained speedster ZARIAHRICHIEDIAMOND before coming through, leaving the furlong pole for a decisive victory.
Also on the 10-race programme are the $250,000-$210,000 claiming race for the Mortimer 'Morty' Heron Memorial Trophy over 1820 metres to be contested by 10 starters, including top contenders COLD GROUND and LAPTOP; and the three-year-old and up open-allowance race over 1500 metres in which a small but competitive field of six will face the starter.
The open-allowance race will more than likely come down to a three-cornered tussle involving PRINCE ANDREW, ROYAL VIBES and PISCEAN ROCKET, all winners in recent months.
The one I like best is ROYAL VIBES (working well), who was beaten over this trip in a fast time (1:31.3) by TIMEFORARMS on December 13 but subsequently won the Fan Appreciation Day Trophy over 1820 metres on New Year's Day.
One of three runners from the stables of champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, ROYAL VIBES, who is effective over the distance, will be ridden by in-form Aaron Chatrie.
I also like ALI BABA to repeat the first race, TWILIGHT ROCKET to go one better in the second, the well-forward newcomer BIG GEORGE, in the fourth, RUNNER RUNNER in the sixth, and recent winner COLD GROUND over LAPTOP in the ninth.