Ras Emanuel to strike in Master Blaster Trophy
The restricted allowance race for the Master Blaster Trophy, over the straight five course, takes the spotlight at Caymanas Park today. This is run annually in honour of the winningest horse in the history of local racing, Master Blaster, who won 34 races in a long and colourful career.
The race (non winners of three other than) has attracted seven starters, including
the recent winners MR. AMBASSADOR, PROLIFIC PRINCESS and WELL BLESSSED. But while all three are expected to prove competitive, along with DINNER AT SEVEN, indications are that the Peter McMaster-trained RAS EMANUEL will rebound with a win.
The 4-y-o son of Burning Marque-Pleasant Princess has scored twice this season, but has run some good races in defeat as well. He showed good battling qualities to beat BERRANCA by a head over 1100 metres on March 26. And last time out on July 5, he finished 2 1/4 lengths third to BRAVE PROSPECT over the same distance in high claiming company, a race in which he disputed the lead with SUPERIOR QUALITY into the straight before giving way to the winner.
Trainer McMaster said that despite losing as the 1-2 favourite that day, he was still pleased with the performance.
"He had a slight setback, but still ran his heart out," disclosed the veteran trainer.
"You can't ask for more in the circumstances, and now focused for this trophy, I am expecting him to make amends," added McMaster, who trains RAS EMANUEL for his wife Elaine (Miss Suckie).
RAS EMANUEL has the speed to make things pretty hot for the Wayne DaCosta-trained MR. AMBASSADOR, under leading jockey Omar Walker, and the grey PROLIFIC PRINCESS with Aaron Chatrie aboard.
In the end, he should run out a decisive winner with in-form Robert Halledeen riding him from the convenient mark of 53.0kg.
Other firm fancies on the nine-race programme are REASSURANCE in the first race for maiden three-year-olds over 1500 metres; ETERNAL JOY to make all in the fifth; the 2015 St Leger winner, SUPERLUMINAL, to win race six over 1500 metres on this his seasonal debut; as well as LONG RUNNING TRAIN to stave off PHINEAS in the open allowance race, again over 1500 metres.