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Frankenstorm looks a cinch

Published:Wednesday | February 24, 2016 | 2:00 AMOrville Clarke
Paul Francis (centre) aboard SOUTHERN CRUISE battling with MIRACLE STAR (Aaron Chatrie) in the Overnight Allowance race over 1600 metres at Caymanas Park on Saturday. Both horses finished in a dead heat, but MIRACLE STAR was later disqualified for causing interference.

FRANKENSTORM, dropping down to classes for today's Millard Ziadie Memorial Cup feature (claiming $350,000-$300,000 over 1100 metres), is tipped to resume winning ways in a competitive field of 11.

Trained by Wilfred Chin, the six-year-old bay gelding, by Outrigger out of Seeking Lil, went out of his league on February 13 (claiming $500,000). He could only manage fifth to DWAYNE STAR in a fast-run round-five race.

Although finishing 15 lengths fifth, FRANKENSTORM - having missed the break - recovered to straighten third on the heels of the leaders, RUNJOHNNY RUN and FORTUNENEHUNDRED, before gradually weakening.

A fortnight before that, FRANKENSTORM chased home subsequent winner UNBREAKABLE over the straight, a race in which he galloped past the furlong pole just the leader before the winner came on the scene.

That performance was on a $400,000 claiming tag. Considering he won back-to-back races last November and also won three consecutive races from August to October last year, speaks volumes for his insatiable appetite to win.

Running on a $325,000 tag, FRANKENSTORM looks a good thing from his convenient mark of 53.0kg, thanks to smart apprentice Bebeto Harvey's 3.0kg claim.

FRANKENSTORM has good speed and, under these favourable conditions, should stave off hat-trick seeker DI COBRE and UNGLE G, who is up in class following a runaway win over the distance on February 13.

Other firm fancies on the 10-race programme are LEGENDARY PLEASURE in the second race, 1500 metres; LEGAL ACCOUNT (working well) to rebound in the fifth over the straight; the lightly raced but promising three-year-old MEGATRON to stave off MACALLAN in the sixth; and MAN IN BLUE to get it right in the nightcap.