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Samuda eyes Classic win

Published:Friday | May 1, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Dane Nelson pushes out SOUTHERN CRUISE to win the fifth race over 1820 metres at Caymanas Park last Saturday.

Member of Parliament and former government minister, Karl Samuda, is excited about the prospects of his unbeaten three-year-old colt SOUTHERN CRUISE, who easily made it two in a row last Saturday to enter the classic picture.

Samuda is the breeder of SOUTHERN CRUISE, a chestnut colt by the American stallion Weekend Cruise out of Honkeytonkville, owned by his Bog Walk-based Hyde Valley Farms, which is run by his wife and son.

After winning by 123/4 lengths over 1300 metres in the fairly good time of 1:20.4 on his March 29 debut, the Anthony 'Baba' Nunes-trained SOUTHERN CRUISE turned heads at the end of the fifth race over 1820 metres last Saturday, closing strongly along the rails approaching the distance to catch and beat long-time leader RUN WI SEH by 43/4 lengths in the good time of 1:57.3 with champion jockey Dane Nelson aboard.

With that performance, SOUTHERN CRUISE sent his stocks soaring for the May 23 Lotto Classic for the Governor's Cup over 2000 metres, the major prep leading up to the Cal's Jamaica Derby scheduled for June 13. Samuda is looking forward to great things from SOUTHERN CRUISE in the months ahead.

"I'm really encouraged by Saturday's performance and looking ahead, I think we will be in a better position to assess him after the Governor's Cup," said the veteran politician.

"To me, he looks to have some amount of class and staying ability, which should put him in good stead for the Governor's Cup.

"Being lightly raced, this is a young horse with lots of potential and anybody lucky enough to have a horse who has impressed in winning both his races so far, would have very high hopes for him," he concluded.