Mom’s Student for Valbert Marlowe Memorial Cup
The 2015 Oaks heroine, MOM'S STUDENT, a winner when sprinting last Saturday, should underline her versatility by winning the Valbert Marlowe Memorial Cup over 1800 metres at Caymanas Park today.
The four-year-old and up restricted allowance race (non winners of three) has attracted 11 starters and while MOM'S STUDENT is highly fancied to win, she should be wary of the recent winner, STORMING, under leading jockey Omar Walker and BALLON D'OR, with champion jockey Shane Ellis, both in good nick for the race.
However, it's all about the pace of MOM's STUDENT, who can carry her speed over a distance of ground. Last Saturday, the four-year-old chestnut filly by Region Of Merit out of The Principal won decisively over 1100 metres in non winners of three and prior to that on May 11, was just caught by SIR BUDGET in a fast-run 1100 metre race.
Oddly enough, one of her best performances was recorded in defeat on April 9 when finishing five lengths fifth to MIRACLE STAR over 1820 metres in overnight company, this after a prolonged duel with PUDDY POOH on the lead to the last furlong.
Having run well in overnight allowance company this season, a fit MOM'S STUDENT, with competent 3.0kg claiming apprentice Hakeem Pottinger again in the saddle, should be able to stave off the late challenges of STORMING and BALLON D'OR.
Significantly, the race will start in front of trainer Marlowe's old stable at the nine-furlong chute in Independence City. This is indeed fitting to perpetuate the memory of the late, great Gold Cup trainer, whose son, Michael Marlowe, joined the training ranks only last February and will be on hand today to present the trophy.
Other firm fancies on the 11-race programme are SIR SOUTH TO repeat in the opening race over 1400 metres; THAT'S THE MAN in the third; PINELOPE in the fifth; and ALL CORRECT to stave off BRAWN in the eighth for overnight allowance horses.