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Start with fit Choo Choo Blue

Published:Friday | May 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMOrville Clarke
Apprentice Odeen Edwards heading to the winners' enclosure aboard URBAN PRINCIPAL after capturing last Saturday's sixth race at Caymanas Park.
Richard Thompson (right) and Garth Pennant leading in DRIPPING IN GOLD (Omar Walker up) after the four-year-old colt won last Saturday's seventh race at Caymanas Park. DRIPPING IN GOLD is trained by Wayne DaCosta.

Trainer Peter McMaster, who conditions horses for his wife, Elaine (Miss Suckie), should start tomorrow's 10-race programme at Caymanas Park on a winning note with the lightly raced CHOO CHOO BLUE, this against five opponents in a restricted allowance two for three-year-olds over the round-five course.

Although yet to win in two starts, CHOO CHOO BLUE - a bay filly by Cowtown Girl out of Chooboo, has shown promise, who is back in action with Lasix administered and moving impressively at exercise - should make no mistake with Robert Halledeen in the saddle. She has most to fear from KING D, who won convincingly in a fairly good time over 1100 metres recently and former champion Wesley Henry has retained the ride.

LEILANI, who is knocking at the door, should provide Jamaica's lone female trainer, Margaret Parchment, and her improving apprentice, Jerome Innis, with yet another winner. The small stable, which she shares with her son and fellow trainer, Wayne, has been churning out the winners in recent weeks, and following LEILANI's close second to PARTY CITY over the straight on April 30, she should go one better at the expense of SONADOR EXPRESS in a field of eight.

They all have the down-in-class EL CLIENTE to beat in the third race over 1200 metres for $180,000 claimers, despite finishing fourth to ST BERNARD over 1300 metres on a $250,000 tag last Saturday.




The six-year-old gelding, who was claimed by trainer Dennis Lee out of that race, slammed rivals by 61/4 lengths over this trip at this level on March 12 and looks a cut above rivals even with top-weight of 57.0kg and Shane Ellis up should win from SINK THE BISMARK, who got through in the Stewards' Room on the disqualification of BARS OF GOLD recently.

BLESSEDNESS, now dropped in class after finishing fifth to ST BERNARD in a blanket finish over 1200 metres on April 13, reports down in class under new management in the fourth over 1700 metres for $180,000 claimers, and will now prove hard to beat in a field of nine, especially with 3.0kg claiming apprentice Bebeto Harvey riding for trainer Lawrence Freemantle.

BLESSEDNESS, who was also a close second (running on well) to PRINCE'OSHAUN over 1400 metres on March 26 as well, will relish the longer distance of this race and should stave off the late-kicking CAUSE FOR CONCERN and EXPRESS TRUCK in a field of nine.

The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by CAMOUFLAGE (Ruja Lahoe) and WONDER GIRL (apprentice Dane Dawkins up), the latter having finished second in her last two races. Their respective dangers are STIR IT UP, with apprentice Hakeem Pottinger in the fifth over a mile, and RED PARROT, under leading jockey Omar Walker in the sixth for maiden three-year-olds over 1820 metres.