Poker Star to outsprint Buzz Nightmare again
Today's grade one feature for the None Such Sprint Trophy will feature an interesting clash between the reigning champion sprinter POKER STAR and the fleet-footed BUZZ NIGHTMARE.
Both report in a quality field, which includes the 2013 derby winner PERFECT NEIGHBOUR and last year's Superstakes winner FRANFIELD. But with the speed merchants POKER STAR and BUZZ NIGHTMARE reporting to the wicket razor sharp, they should provide the real fireworks.
POKER STAR, to be ridden by leading jockey Omar Walker for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, has won five of his last seven races, coming out on the losing end some weeks ago when humbled by his illustrious stable-companion, SEEKING MY DREAM, in the fast-run Eros Trophy over 1400 metres, finishing nine lengths second.
The fact that 'Horse of the Year', SEEKING MY DREAM, has established himself as the best horse in the country, would suggest that POKER STAR had nothing to be ashamed about and now back over the ideal trip, he should make amends.
The four-year-old gelding by Liquidity-Buyabook represents the class horse of the field and although lacking the blistering early speed of the Philip Feanny-trained BUZZ NIGHTMARE, who has worked brilliantly in a bid for his fourth consecutive win, should wear him down in the closing stages, despite allowing him 5.0kg.
POKER STAR has beaten BUZZ NIGHTMARE on the previous two occasions they have met and although the Into Mischief-Queen of Battle offspring is a better horse today - galloping five furlongs in a real fast 58.4 at exercise recently - it might not be enough to stop POKER STAR.
Also on the well supported 11-race programme is the round five Terremoto Trophy for native bred two-year-olds and here again, it should resolve itself into a straight fight been the unbeaten fillies VERY CLASSIC (Shane Ellis up) and MONEY MAGNET (Bebeto Harvey).
Although both have worked exceptionally well for this race, the Richard Azan-trained MONEY MAGNET was the more impressive in her recent victory and is given the edge.
Other firm fancies are PIANO MAN in the third, MEGATRON in the fourth and PUDDY POOH in the ninth for overnight allowance horses.