Hover Craft wins Mark My Word Trophy
HOVER CRAFT, who finished second to FRANFIELD in last November's Superstakes, beat a good field of open allowance horses for the Mark My Word Trophy over 1820 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday, his victims, including his more fancied stable companion, FUTURE KING.
The betting made the April 9 Post to Post 2000 Guineas winner FUTURE KING, with in-form Robert Halledeen, an even-money favourite in a six-horse field, but he failed to justify the support, finishing third to 7=2 chance HOVER CRAFT under four-time champion Omar Walker. Both horses were among four saddled by 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta in the small field.
Not the best away from the gates, HOVER CRAFT bided his time off the early pace in fourth as the recent winners, MIRACLE STAR (5-2) and TIMEFORARMS (3-1), disputed the lead for the first half mile before giving way to the recent Oaks winner, A THOUSAND STARS (9-1).
FUTURE KING, who was always prominent, went in serious chase approaching the final bend and although pointing a furlong out, proved no match for HOVER CRAFT, who stormed through (between horses) midway the last furlong to win going away by 2 1/4 lengths, as MIRACLE STAR rallied late to pip FUTURE KING for second.
The race was run in the pedestrian time of 1:58.3, raising questions as to the legitimacy of FUTURE STAR as the ante-post favourite for the June25 Cal's Jamaica Derby.
"He was beaten by two very seasoned older horses who have been enjoying good form and things will be different when he returns among three-year-old rivals in the derby," said CTL's racing secretary, Denzil Miller Jr.
"Let's see if this Saturday's Lotto Classic for the Governor's Cup over 2000 metres will throw up some worthy opponents for the derby in Orpheus or Mr. Doitbetta, two colts who won their recent races in impressive fashion and could be anything," he warned.
On the subject of the Lotto Classic, trainer Gary Subratie confirmed yesterday that his 1000 Guineas winner, NUCLEAR AFFAIR, will miss the race and will instead be prepared exclusive for the derby.
Meanwhile, the traditional Labour Day Trophy over 1200 metres for high claimers resulted in a post to post win for 6-5 favourite, HOLOGRAM SHADOW, one of two winners for apprentice Javaneil Patterson.
In the closing race over 1400 metres, female apprentice Andree L. Powell brought 9-1 chance SHEER MADNESS with a well-time run to win the second race of her career, following the 99-1 outsider SAMORA last month.