All Correct to rebound in Viceroy Trophy feature race at Caymanas
Champion trainer Wayne DaCosta holds the key to today's Viceroy Trophy grade one feature over 1800 metres at Caymanas Park, as he saddles as many as four of the seven starters, including PERFECT NEIGHBOUR under four-time champion jockey Omar Walker, and ALL CORRECT with Shamaree Muir aboard.
PERFECT NEIGHTBOUR is undoubtedly the more accomplished of the two, having won the Derby and St Leger in 2013. Last year, he won the Governor General's Stakes and Harry Jackson Memorial Cup grade one races at the backend of the season.
Still, unlike ALL CORRECT, who has won three of his last five races at the open-allowance level, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR is without a victory in three starts this season.
When both horses last met in the Lotto Sprint Trophy over 1100 metres on May 23, ALL CORRECT stayed on well to finish a close fourth to champion sprinter POTCHEEN. After being slowly into stride, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR finished last of the nine starters.
BEATEN TWICE THISSEASON
The fact that ALL CORRECT has finished ahead of PERFECT NEIGHBOUR on the two occasions they have met this season speaks volumes for his chances. The six-year-old son of Storm Craft out of Royal Pizzaz last won over a mile in a fairly good time in open-allowance company on April 26, and although beaten by PERFECT NEIGHBOUR (fitter now) at exercise last Saturday morning in a brisk seven-furlong gallop (1:28.2), at the weights, my leaning is towards ALL CORRECT, in receipt of 5.0kg.
I am expecting ALL CORRECT to race in touch of the leaders FORTUNEONE-HUNDRED and UPPA TUNE, get first run on PERFECT NEIGHBOUR early in the straight and hold his fast finishing stable companion at bay to the wire, with PETE'SWILDONE not far adrift in third.
Elsewhere on the 11-race programme, SCOOP JORDYNE (Rayan Wilson up), who finished a fair fifth to RIO COBRE in an overnight-allowance sprint on June 13, is a lot better for that pipe-opener and should lead home BUTLER CABIN in the fifth race over 1200 metres for overnight allowance horses yet to win a race at this level.
Other firm fancies on the card are ACTION MAN, under leading all-time jockey Winston 'Fanna' Griffiths, in the fourth race for maiden three-year-olds; DOOLAHIN (working well) in the sixth race; BARS OF GOLD in the seventh; and VICIOUS LOOK in the ninth.