2014 Derby winner Relampago set for triumphant return to Caymanas Park
Last year's derby and St Leger winner, RELAMPAGO, should make a triumphant return to Caymanas Park today following a six-month absence, this in the three-year-old and up overnight allowance race over a mile, to be contested by 10 starters.
Trained by Anthony 'Baba' Nunes for regional owner Elias Haloute, the four-year-old colt faces some very fit opponents, but will report nicely refreshed and having worked well, should prove equal to the task with champion jockey Dane Nelson riding him from the convenient mark of 53.0kg.
Being a dual classic winner, RELAMPAGO could be a cut above the present opposition, even though failing to make the transition from top three-year-old to grade one winner at the back end of last season.
The stretch-running son of Seeking The Glory-Jettish last raced on October 11 in the grade one Governor General's Stakes over 2000 metres. Although well backed, he could only manage fifth place to top distance horses PERFECT NEIGHBOUR and COMMANDING CHIEF.
As a result of that performance, in which he beaten 10 lengths by PERFERCT NEIGHBOUR, he was taken out of training and missed the Superstakes a month later.
RELAMPAGO well prepared
Now reprogrammed, RELAMPAGO should return on a winning note. He has been well prepared coming into the race, galloping six furlongs in a brisk 1:14.0 last Sunday morning. Although more effective going two turns, RELAMPAGO will not find a mile too short, having chased home the speedy TALENTED TONY K over the distance in last year's 2000 Guineas.
With much in his favour today, RELAMPAGO should prove too strong for main rival MILITARY MOVE, who was second to HOVER CRAFT in a tough overnight allowance race at 1700 metres on March 11. He will report even better for this race and with leading all-time jockey Winston 'Fanna' Griffiths reunited with him, the six-year-old gelding should close out the exacta.
Also on the 10-race programme is the annual renewal of the Clifford Stewart Memorial Cup (claiming $250,000-$210,000) over 1200 metres to be contested by nine starters, including top contenders WILLIE GOLDSMITH, SIR VON and hat-trick seeker ETERNAL JOY.
Victory should go to the Patrick Chang-trained WILLIEGOLDSMITH (Omar Walker up), who won the 2000 Guineas in 2013. He should win from another down in class opponent, SIR VON.
Other form fancies on the card are JESSIE JAMES (Winston Griffiths up) in the third race over a mile, MERITONE to repeat in the fifth, DINNER AT SEVENTH in the seventh and INSANE BOLT to stave off the course specialist TATTY'S BAD GAL in the eighth race over the straight.