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Butler Cabin for Griffiths feature

Published:Sunday | March 29, 2015 | 12:00 AMOrville Clarke
Winston Griffiths aboard the outstanding A KING IS BORN in 2005.

Today marks the second Sunday meet at Caymanas Park since the start of the year, the nine-race programme featuring the Jockeys' Guild of Jamaica Trophy and the Winston Griffiths O.D. Trophy in honour of the English-speaking Caribbean's leading all-time jockey, Hall of Famer Winston 'Fanna' Griffiths.

Both races will be run over 1,400 metres, but the focus of attention must be the 3-y-o and up overnight allowance race (Winston Griffiths Trophy) over 1,400 metres to be contested by 11 starters who are yet to win an overnight allowance race.

Having finished a fair seventh to the out-of-class ALL CORRECT in the recent Ash Wednesday Trophy over 1,300 metres, BUTLER CABIN, with a mere 51.0kg by virtue of apprentice O'Brien White's 2.0kg claiming allowance, looks the pick at the weights. However, he can expect stiff opposition from stable-companion LOCKED AND LOADED with champion jockey Dane Nelson riding for in-form trainer Anthony 'Baba' Nunes, as well as ALSO CORRECT and SIR FREDERICK, who finished a close seventh to DOUBLE THE HONEY over 1,200 metres on March 21.

 

conditions favour butler cabin

 

To say that Nunes holds a strong hand with his pair of aces, BUTLER CABIN and LOCKED AND LOADED, would be an understatement, but conditions are so much in favour of BUTLER CABIN that the 4-y-o gelding by Adore The Gold out of En Vogue is given the edge in this watered down overnight allowance contest.

In finishing five lengths seventh to ALL CORRECT in the Ash Wednesday Trophy, BUTLER CABIN, closing late, was beaten only two lengths by the runner-up TRADITIONAL PRINCE, who came back to slam a good field of overnight horses days later and is now classified in open allowance.

Prior to that race on January 31, BUTLER CABIN finished a fair sixth to the speedy TALENTED TONY K in a record run straight five race (56.1), in the process finishing three lengths behind the runner-up TRADITIONAL PRINCE.

 

too strong for LOCKED AND LOADED

 

Using TRADITIONAL PRINCE as the yardstick, BUTLER CABIN, now venturing over the ideal trip, should prove too strong for the free-running LOCKED AND LOADED, ALSO CORRECT and SIR FREDERICK in the last furlong.

The Jockeys' Guild of Jamaica Trophy for four-year-olds and up has attracted a maximum field of 16, and with most expected to figure prominently on for, it could go down to the wire. My idea of the winner is SHE'S PLUMMY (Rayon Wilson up, this based on her fast-finishing second to SPEEDY PROCESS over 1,300 metres on February 21). She gets the nod over PRINCESS TABOKIE.

I also like SHE'S PLUMMY (Rayon Wilson up) to win the Jockeys' Guild Trophy race for four-year-olds and up, BRAWN in the third, TECHNOCAT in the 5th and BIGMAN TING in the 7th.