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Bigbrowngreyhope to land ‘Ossie’ Steele Memorial Cup

Published:Saturday | July 23, 2016 | 7:00 AMOrville Clarke
MISS DOROTHY (No.1), with Sadeki Blake in the saddle, battles to get the better of tightly bunched rivals in the run for the ISP Rollover Trophy at Caymanas Park last Saturday.

The in-form American horse BIGBROWNGREYHOPE is tipped to resume winning ways when he takes on six rivals in today's Caymanas Park feature over 1200 metres for the Oswald 'Ossie' Steele Memorial Cup, confined to $450,000-$400,000 claiming horses.

Trained by Ryan Darby for owner Raphael Gordon, BIGBROWNGREYHOPE completed back-to-back wins over 1300 metres on June 29, but failed in his bid for the hat-trick on July 6 when finishing a length second to BRAVE PROSPECT over 1100 metres, a trip just short of his best.

Stepping down in class today from $550,000 claiming to $450,000 and connections going for top apprentice Linton Steadman, the 6-y-o grey gelding by Big Brown out of Hopes and Fear should make no mistake from the convenient mark of 54.0kg.

He should welcome the additional 100 metres and with this field not as strong, should outfinish the recent

winner, UNBREAKABLE, under in-form Aaron Chatrie and down in class SHINE.

Elsewhere on the nine-race programme, the three-year-old and up overnight race over the straight promises to be the most competitive on the card, as most of the eight horses declared have been enjoying good form.

FAILED HAT TRICK

These include the recent disqualified course winner SIR BUDGET, BLUE DIXIE, who ran well last Saturday, GARY GLITTER, who failed in his bid for the hat-trick when stumbling badly at the start of his recent race, as well as the speedy ACTION MAN and SCOOP JORDYNE, whose last win came over the course in December.

BLUE DIXIE, who caught the eye when finishing a close third to FORCE DE JOUR and BERRANCA over 1200 metres last Saturday, is definitely race fit and with Chatrie riding her from the convenient mark of 51.5kg, the three-year-old filly from the stables of Gary Subratie gets the nod over the much improved GARY GLITTER, from the Dalton Sirjue camp, and SCOOP JORDYNE.

Other firm fancies on the card are SEEKING THE DAWN, who beat all but hot favourite BIG BLACK NATION - from a bad draw over the straight last Saturday - to go one better in the fourth, where FLYING MACHINE and LEEKOUT are twin dangers; RASHAIDA to do likewise in the fifth; DUSSELDORF to stave off WONDER GIRL in the knotty eighth race over 1800 metres; and the fleet-footed EXPLOSIVE PRINCESS to win the seventh race over the straight for conditional $180,000 claimers.