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Seeking My Dreams to romp PM Stakes

Published:Saturday | August 6, 2016 | 8:00 AMOrville Clarke
@CAPTION:Jockey Omar Walker stands tall in the saddle as he celebrates winning the Legal Light Trophy aboard SEEKING MY DREAM at Caymanas Park on April 23.

The reigning 'Horse of the Year' SEEKING MY DREAMS bids for a hat-trick of wins at Caymanas Park today when he takes on five opponents in the $1.2 million Prime Minister's Stakes grade one feature over 2000 metres.

Having won the Eros Trophy over 1400 metres in stakes record time on July 9, slamming stable-companion POKER STAR by all of nine lengths, SEEKING MY DREAM continues to work well in preparation for today's race, galloping six furlongs in a brisk 1.13.1 last Sunday morning and 1:13.0 days earlier.

Given his recent back-to-back wins in the Eros Trophy and Legal Light Trophy, SEEKING MY DREAM will again allow lumps of weight to each of his opponents, including last year's winner PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, one of his three stable-companions in the line up.

SEEKING MY DREAM, owned by Member of Parliament Derrick Smith, is obviously in a class by himself and the 2015 derby and Diamond Mile winner cannot be opposed, despite topweight of 57.0kg. The four-year-old colt by Seeking The Glory out of the 2008 Horse of the Year Alsafra can do anything in this small field and should give four-time champion jockey Omar Walker an arm-chair ride after taking control leaving the half mile. He should cruise home ahead of main rival PERFECT NEIGHBOUR and LONG RUNNING TRAIN.

an upset

A far more competitive race is the Independence Day Stakes Trophy over 1600 metres for $180,000 claiming horses.

With the recent winners STORMONTHESEA, MISS DOROTHY, TROPICAL DEPRESSION and SPEEDY PROCESS along with BLESSEDNESS, SHELLIAN GREY and BATIDOR DE MUNDO coming to ensure that it goes down to the wire, the likelihood of an upset from something like CAUSE FOR CONCERN cannot be understated in the 13-horse field.

My idea of the winner is the down in class BLESSEDNESS, who was recently claimed by top trainer Anthony 'Baba' Nunes for $250,000 on behalf of leading owner Stephan Narinesingh. With connections calling up top apprentice Linton Steadman for the ride, BLESSEDNESS whose last win came over this trip in fast time on June 25, has been programmed for this race and should win from STORMONTHESEA and MISS DOROTHY.

I also like SHINING LIGHT to atone in the second race, CHACE THE GREAT in the third, BIG GEORGE In the fifth and the Nunes-trained MAMETA in the seventh.