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Chace The Great to tack up feature event

Published:Saturday | August 27, 2016 | 12:00 AMOrville Clarke
Jockey Robert Halledeen (front) smiles for the camera, while trainer Gary Subratie (second left) tends to NUCLEAR AFFAIR after racking up another victory at Caymanas Park last Saturday.

The fourth running of the O & S Tack Room Trophy restricted stakes for three and four-year-olds over 1300 metres takes the spotlight on today's 11-race programme at Caymanas Park.

Nine will contest the $868,000 Tack Room feature, including the recent winners CHACE THE GREAT, AWESOME DESTINY, ZEPHYR and PROLIFIC PRINCESS, who races in the silks of popular owner O'Shaun Connection, owner of the O & S Tack Room, which provides horse equipment and accessories to horsemen at the track.

It would therefore be fitting were the four-year-old filly, PROLIFIC PRINCESS, win this race for his connections. But she lacks the class of both CHACE THE GREAT and AWESOME DESTINY and a minor share looks her best hope.

It should come down to CHACE THE GREAT and AWESOME DESTINY, to be ridden by former champion Wesley Henry and Robert Halledeen, respectively.

Preference is for the Dwight Chen-trained CHACE THE GREAT, who impressed with a fast time win over the round five course on August 6, when closing from just off the early pace.


The three-year-old gelding by Greatness out of Our Miss Ruth will report even sharper for this race and with the additional 300 metres more to his liking, should lead home the Gary Subratie-trained AWESOME DESTINY, who returns after a disappointing effort as the favourite behind PINELOPE recently.

It should be recalled that CHACE THE GREAT romped the valuable Prince Consort Guineas Trial Stakes over 1400 metres at the expense of subsequent derby winner ORPHEUS and the St. Leger winner BIGDADDYKOOL on March 19, a performance that sets him apart among these lesser rivals, especially with Henry retaining the ride.

Also on the well-supported card is the two-year-old maiden special for the Rhoel Rhoden Memorial Trophy over 1100 metres, which should provide the well forward debutante MONEY MAGNET with an easy victory in a field of six.

Trained by Richard Azan, the chestnut filly by Nuclear Wayne-Jazzy Jet worked well alongside stable companion BABY P in 1:00.3 over the round course and should make no mistake with Bebeto Harvey aboard.

I also like GOLD MEMBER to win the fourth race, LUCKY NINE in the fifth, PUDDY POOH in the seventh and UNBREAKABLE in the ninth.