The Chief will be too classy for rivals
With last Saturday's Cal's Jamaica Derby now history, racing continues on a moderate note at Caymanas Park today with a 10-race programme featuring the three-year-old and up open allowance race over 1400 metres to be contested by seven starters.
There is good form present among the runners, with both TIMEFORARMS and HOVER CRAFT having won recently at this level., while others such as DEO VOLENTE and EDISON have won in recent months, but in overnight allowance company.
Indications are that all will fall victim to the proven grade one campaigner COMMANDING CHIEF, who goes with a mere 53.0kg by virtue of apprentice Romario Saunders 2.0kg claiming allowance.
The seven-year-old gelding from the stables of Everal Francis ran a blinder in defeat under topweight of 57.0kg on May 16 when caught on the line by the outsider HOVER CRAFT over 1820 metres.
Although that was his first outing since finishing second to PERFECT NEIGHBOUR last Boxing Day in the Harry Jackson Memorial Cup over 2400 metres, COMMANDING CHIEF would have won given a more enterprising ride from Clive Lynch that day. He not only caused interference to the favourite ALI BABA at the final bend and was subsequently disqualified from second, but drifted out in the last furlong when rallying strongly on ALI BABA and lost out in a three-way photo.
class horse of the field
Having worked well last Saturday morning when galloping seven furlongs in 1:29.1, COMMANDING CHIEF should prove a different proposition. He not only renews rivalry with HOVER CRAFT on 7.0kg better terms, but represents the class horse of the field and will not be easily denied on these favourable terms in the scales.
Blessed with a good, strong pace, COMMANDING CHIEF won back-to-back Gold Cup races over this trip in 2012 and 2013 and with Saunders again riding in good form, the son of War Marshall - She Knows Beau should win from the Wayne DaCosta-trained HOVER CRAFT and the front running CAMPESINO.
Elsewhere on the 10-race programme, SEAL THE DEAL (Orayne Sewell up), who beat all barring BLACK BOY over 1300 metres in maiden company last Saturday, should go one better in the second race over a mile where the four-year-old son of Shuffling Madness has less to do in a seven-strong field. He should win from his only serious rival, ALL FOR THE GLORY.
Other firm fancies on the card are SWIFT GOLD in the third race, UNBREAKABLE in the fifth over 1820 metres, as well as HOLOGRAM SHADOW in the sixth over the straight for high claimer, ALEXANDER in the seventh and BURNING MEDIC to catch GET THEM GIRL n the closing race over the straight.