Boy Wonder set for seven straight wins at Caymanas Park
The progressive four-year-old colt, BOY WONDER, ought to be followed when he seeks his seventh consecutive win and his eighth from nine career starts in the annual renewal of the million-dollar Chairman's Trophy feature over 1500 metres for grade one horses, at Caymanas Park today.
One of four entries from the stables of trainer Harry Parsard in an eight-strong field, BOY WONDER underlined his status as one of the best horses in the country when winning the Eileen Cliggott Memorial Trophy over 1300 metres in decisive fashion on February 28.
The four-year-old son of Traditional-Jamaican Queen, made all to win by 1 1/2 lengths from his fast-finishing stable-companion, POTCHEEN, in the good time of 1:18.2.
With stable jockey Omar Walker sticking with the ride, BOY WONDER renews rivalry with POTCHEEN on 1.0kg worse terms and even with another furlong to travel, should confirm his superiority, being the younger horse with tremendous scope.
BOY WONDER beat stable-companions POTCHEEN and UPPA TUNE into second and third, respectively, with yet another stable-companion, PETE'SWILDONE, finishing seven lengths sixth in the Cliggott Memorial Trophy.
It is highly likely that trainer Parsard could again sweep the first three places from his quartet of horses, despite the presence of topweight PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, who won this race in a driving finish from PETE'SWILDONE last year and is out for the first time since capturing the Harry Jackson Memorial Cup for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta last Boxing Day.
PERFECT NEGHBOUR has been moving impressively at exercise for this re-entry and will no doubt make a brave bid with Shamaree Muir aboard. But the fact that BOY WONDER (working well) has been winning his races in fast times, including an eye-popping 1.17.1 clocking over 1300 metres on January 10, makes him a firm fancy over POTCHEEN and PERFECT NEIGHBOUR.
Also on the card s is the $350,000-$300,000 claiming race over 2000 metres for the Altamont V. Armond Memorial Cup to be contested by nine starters. Indications are the recent two-turn winner, MISS BOSS LADY, with leading jockey Omar Walker again in the saddle, will outstay main rivals COLD GROUND. JESSIE JAMES and SIRMANDI.
I also like ROAD WI SEH to win the second race, EASTWOOD in the third, VINTAGE RUCKUS in the sixth and HOLOGRAM SHADOW in the seventh.