Shining Light gets the nod
The two-day Emancipation racing carnival gets underway at Caymanas Park today, but there is a stark difference between today’s racing and Monday’s holiday card.
To the surprise of many, no trophies are at stake on today’s nine-race programme, yet as many as nine trophy races are scheduled for Monday, including the $1 million Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission Trophy over 1100 metres for open allowance horses and the Emancipation Day Trophy for the high claiming group over 1300 metres.
Despite the absence of a trophy, today’s programme looks quite competitive on a whole and the overnight allowance feature (seventh race) over 1500 metres can attest to that.
Most of the eight starters are enjoying good form and with the recent winners STORMING and RAS EMANUEL joining other fit horses such as SHINING LIGHT, ANOTHER BULLET and RAGING PROSPECT, it could go down to the wire.
While I am expecting keen competition, the one best equipped to win is the Gary Griffiths-trained SHINING LIGHT, who steps down in class today for a crack at these.
He apparently needed the race when finishing a fair fifth to BRAWN over the round five course recently, but will welcome the longer distance and milder pace. A fit SHINING LIGHT should have the beating of this class and with connections calling up the promising 3.0kg claiming apprentice Hakeem Pottinger, reducing the weight to 53.0kg, looks the one to beat. He should win from the consistent ANOTHER BULLET and back to form RACING PROSPECT.
Other firm fancies on the card are super fit UNBREAKABLE, to complete a hat-trick of wins in the opening race over 1820 metres for $450,000-$400,0000 claimers; the lightly-raced LEEKOUT with in-form Aaron Chatrie replacing the sparingly-used Delroy Beharie in the sixth for maiden three-year-olds; as well as NATASHADONTPLAY in the fifth over a mile; and run-on sprinter BAD BOY JUSTIN to catch the speedy FIFTYONESTORM in the fifth over 100 metres for $250,000-$210,000 claimers.