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Long Running Train to rebound in feature

Published:Wednesday | June 29, 2016 | 6:00 AMOrville Clarke
Apprentice Odeal Edwards stands in the saddle as he celebrates winning the 11th race for the Cal's Lime Juice Trophy aboard 18-1 outsider SNEAK PEEK, at Caymanas Park on Saturday.

A field of seven open-allowance horses will venture over a mile in today's Caymanas Park feature and even with much quality present, the talented four-year-old filly, LONG RUNNING TRAIN, has most appeal and should win for the third time this season.

Trained by Harry Parsard, the American-bred LONG RUNNING TRAIN is versatile and consistent as they come, having won two of her four races this season. The first of these came over today's trip on January 23 at the expense of CAMPESINO and ALL CORRECT, but some of her best efforts have come in defeat.

She not only finished a strong second to PERFECT NEIGHBOUR in the grade-one Harry Jackson Memorial Cup over 2400 metres last Boxing Day, but did even better on April 23 when chasing home Horse of the Year SEEKING MY DREAM over 1820 metres in the grade-one Legal Light Trophy.

Although soundly beaten when last raced on June 4, she really had little chance against the fleet-footed BUZZ NIGHTMARE in a fast-run straight-five race, finishing 12 lengths fourth from a bad draw.

 

Proved herself against the best

 

Now reprogrammed (working well) and the trip ideal, LONG RUNNING TRAIN is not too high in the scales - with 55.5kg - to stave off the recent winners

MIRACLE STAR and BRAWN, both ideally suited to the distance.

What is going for LONG RUNNING TRAIN is that she has proven herself against some of the best horses in the country and there is no better credentials, even in this competitive-looking field.

Also on the card is the annual renewal of the Drumbeat Trophy for $180,000 claiming horses over the straight-five course. Of the 10 declared, the one to beat must be the profound course specialist WINESHA, now back with her favourite trainer, Marlon Anderson, who has called up top apprentice Linton Steadman for the ride.

Other firm fancies on the nine-race programme, which commences at 1:15 p.m., are SIR SOUTH to stave off recent winner BIGBROWNGREYHOPE in the second race over 1300 metres; RUBY ROSE in the third; VISION in the sixth; and WHO'S BOSSY in the closing race over a mile.