It's Hover Craft's time to shine
The Wayne DaCosta-trained HOVER CRAFT should be rewarded for his consistency when he takes on nine opponents in the three-year-old and up overnight allowance race over 1,700 metres at Caymanas Park today.
The five-year-old gelding by He'stherealthing out of Royal Pizzaz caught the eye on February 18 when a fast-finishing third to stable companion and half-brother ALL CORRECT in the recent Ash Wednesday Trophy over 1,300 metres, beaten 3 1/2 lengths.
The form of that race has been working out beautifully with ALL CORRECT coming back to win again the Bonnie Blue Flag Trophy over 1,820 metres in open-allowance company last Saturday and the runner-up, TRADITIONAL PRINCE, doing likewise in his subsequent race at this level.
TRADITIONAL PRINCE finished inches ahead of HOVER CRAFT in third and RAGING PROSPECT, who made rapid headway on the rails to finish 31/2 lengths fourth.
So as it stands, the race should come down to a straight fight between old rivals HOVER CRAFT with in-form Robert Halledeen aboard and the Fitzroy Glispie-trained 6-y-o gelding RAGING PROSPECT under champion jockey Dane Nelson.
Both will welcome the longer distance, but the vote goes to HOVER CRAFT, who prior to his good effort in the Ash Wednesday Trophy finished 33/4 lengths second to FRANFIELD in a fast-run one mile race (1:38.0) on February 7.
HOVER CRAFT looking sharper
HOVER CRAFT has looked that much sharper at exercise in preparation for this race, galloping six furlongs in 1:15.3 easily last Friday morning
With everything in his favour, HOVER CRAFT should hold RAGING PROSPECT and MILITARY MOVE at bay in the final rush.
Elsewhere on the nine-race programme, recent winner DOC HOLIDAY, with Ruja Lahoe again in the saddle, should confirm his superiority over old rival STAMP OF AUTHORITY (Shane Ellis up) in the seventh race over 1,200 metres for the Roderick 'Pilot' Francis Memorial Trophy for $180,000 claimers.
Although sparingly raced, six-year-old DOC HOLIDAY ran on well to beat STAMP OF AUTHORITY by a length over 1100 metres last month and being potentially better than this level when fully sound, should win from STAMP OF AUTHORITY and NEVER GIVE UP (Omar Walker) in a field of 10.
Other firm fancies on the card are ALISONBEE to stave off SANKOFA in the first race, CHANGE HIM NAME to go one better in the third over the straight, LORD STORM in the fifth again over the straight and MR LUVAL to stave off MISS BOSS LADY in the sixth over 1,820 metres.