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Seeking My Dream in hot battle for Chairman’s Trophy

Published:Saturday | March 12, 2016 | 3:00 AMOrville Clarke
Apprentice Hakeem Pottinger pilots FABULOUSCONNECTION (second right) to a two-and-three-quarter length win over Linton Steadman’s mount, GRAND TRAIN, in the three-year-old and was up claiming race over 1000 metres, at Caymanas Park last Saturday.

SEEKING MY DREAM, the reigning 'Hose of the Year', heads a star-studded field of six in today's grade one feature over 1500 metres for the Chairman's Trophy, which promises to be a very competitive race.

The Wayne Dacosta-trained SEEKING MY DREAM, with four-time champion Omar Walker again in the saddle, will be joined by last November's Superstakes winner, FRANFIELD, under leading jockey Dane Nelson; the 2015 Gold Cup winner, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, with Robert Halledeen riding for DaCosta; and the versatile and consistent American horse, UPPA TUNE, with in-form claiming apprentice Bebeto Harvey aboard.

While all are stars in their own right, SEEKING MY DREAM seems heading for superstar status. He beat all three convincingly in the inaugural running of the $6.5 million Diamond Mile on December 5 and despite being worse off at the weights with each, the 2015 derby winner was so impressive over this trip on his February 27 seasonal debut that he will not be easily denied over middle

distances.

After the recent win, DaCosta conceded that Derrick Smith's (Member of Parliament) chestnut colt by Seeking The Glory out of the 2008 'Horse of the Year' and Triple Crown winner, Alsafra, is "potentially the best horse in the country" and in light of that high opinion from the 15-time champion trainer, I believe SEEKING MY DREAM (57.0kg) can defy the handicaps today.

He reports to the wicket well trained and despite the fearsome trio led by the stretch running PERFECT NEIGHBOUR and FRANFIELD, SEEKING MY DREAM coming from post position five ought to be followed.

Also on the 12-race programme is the annual renewal of the $180,000 claiming race for the Roderick 'Pilot' Francis Memorial Trophy over 1200 metres, sponsored by B & D Trawling Limited.

Of the 10 starters declared, victory will more than likely go to down in class EL CLIENTE, a January 30 course winner at this level. Top claiming apprentice Linton Steadman will ride EL CLIENTE for trainer Anthony Smith.

Other firm fancies on the card are BATIDOR DE MUNDO in the third, CLASSY AVIATOR in the fifth, RIO COBRE to repeat in the seventh, HELLO LADY in the eighth and AGAKHAN in the closing straight five race.