Uncle Taf to deliver over pet trip
UNCLE TAF, a versatile and consistent five-year-old gelding by Traditional out of Zaza, ventures over his favourite trip in today's Reynold "Ren" Gonzalves Memorial Cup overnight allowance feature at 2000 metres and will prove hard to deny in a field of eight.
Part-owned and trained by Solomon Sharpe, UNCLE TAF underlined his well being on June 13 when a fast-finishing second to RIO COBRE over 1100 metres, failing by three-quarter length to catch the winner after being slowly into stride and outpaced into the straight.
Although yet to win in four starts this season, UNCLE TAF has been competitive for the most part over varied distances.
He won over this trip on November 30 last year, slamming TIMEFORARMS by 31/2 lengths in the good time of 2:06.4. And earlier that month, he finished second to TYPEWRITER in the Superstakes over the same distance.
Indeed, UNCLE TAF has shown a particular liking for this trip, having won the Lotto Classic for the Governor's Cup over the same journey at long odds in 2013. He also finished second in the derby that year.
With everything in his favour today, UNCLE TAF should catch and beat old rival FRANFIELD, who was three lengths behind him in the recent sprint won by RIO COBRE; and just behind him in fourth in last November's Superstakes.
The Richard Azan-trained four-year-old colt FRANFIELD, who is also sired by Traditional, has his fair share of speed and given this easier pace, should set off in front under Shane Ellis in a bid to make all. But I expect him to be caught in mid-stretch by the very fit UNCLE TAF, with Ameth Robles again in the saddle.
Other firm fancies on the nine-race programme are ONEFINEAFTERNOON to go one better in the second race for maidens, EASTWOOD in the third, BLUE EYE BOY in the fourth, as well as RUM PUNCH to score a long overdue victory in the sixth and SONG BIRD to stave off MIND SET in the closing race for maiden three-year-olds over a mile.