Long Running Train set for smooth ride in Caymanas feature
Having finished a fighting second to top stayer PERFECT NEIGHBOUR in the grade one Harry Jackson Memorial Cup over 2,400 metres on Boxing Day, the American filly LONG RUNNING TRAIN should go one better in the open allowance mile at Caymanas Park today.
Trained by 'most improved trainer' nominee Harry Parsard, LONG RUNNING TRAIN returns down in class with only 50.0kg under former champion Wesley Henry, and with a mile more to her liking, is confidently expected to lead home old rivals CAMPESINO, the recent CTL Fan Appreciation Trophy winner ALL CORRECT, and former St Leger and Gold Cup winner COMMANDING CHIEF in a 10-strong field.
Before the Harry Jackson Memorial, the 4-y-o filly by Flower Alley out of Cuz You Never Know finished a good third to PHINEAS and CAMPESINO in the fast-run Gladiator Trophy over 1,400 metres on December 19 but had won back-to-back races in October and November, the latter over 1,300 metres in overnight company with a bit in hand.
Reporting in good nick for this race, LONG RUNNING TRAIN, given her fine turn of foot, should prove too strong for the front-running CAMPESINO, ALL CORRECT, and COMMANDING CHIEF (working well) in the closing stages.
Also on the 11-race card are the 3-y-o maiden special Eight Thirty Sprint, to be run in two divisions over the straight-five course and the 3-y-o and up overnight allowance race over 1,400 for the Allan E. 'Billy' Williams Memorial Trophy, to be contested by 11 starters, including top contenders BRAWN and MOM'S STUDENT.
Recent winner BRAWN (Aaron Chatrie) is tipped to repeat for trainer Gary Subratie in the 'Billy' Williams Memorial. The well-advanced debutante PINELOPE (Shane Ellis up), from the Dwight Chen stables, gets the nod over fellow debutante DANCING QUEEN in division one of the Eight Thirty Sprint, while it should be POISON GAS (Omar Walker) in division two following her promising debut behind GLOBAL recently.