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Running Star to bolt with Tankoy Memorial Cup

Published:Wednesday | September 14, 2016 | 9:00 AMOrville Clarke
Jockey Jemar Johnson piloting STERRI'S CHOICE (right) to victory in the NB four-year-old & up Restricted Allowance V (NW2) race at Caymanas Park on Saturday.

Midweek racing resumes at Caymanas Park today, with the annual renewal of the Donald Tankoy Memorial Cup maiden condition race for three-year-olds over 1300 metres taking the spotlight.

The maximum 16 starters have been declared, among them the Carl Anderson-trained VALLEY OF THE CATS, who was a disqualified winner over this trip on August 17.

She ran on strongly to win by 11/2 lengths from COLEEN, but caused interference and was demoted by the stewards and the race awarded to COLEEN.

Still in maiden company although passing the post first, VALLEY OF THE CATS seemingly has much in her favour, with in-form claiming apprentice Javaniel Patterson riding her from the convenient mark of 52.0kg. But she's not the only one with appealing form in the lineup and will have to fight to win.

Others such as RUNNING STAR, REASSURANCE, SILVER SLIPPERS and BROOKLYN should enter the reckoning, none moreso than RUNNING STAR, a lightly raced filly by Deputy Glitters out of Akioda, who has finished second in three of her five races to date.

She really caught the eye last time out when failing by a neck to beat UNION FOUR over the straight five course and having looked best at exercise in this large field, only needs to avoid traffic from the number one post position to go one better.

PREPARATION

RUNNING STAR pleased at exercise in preparation for this race, galloping 51/2 furlongs in 1:09.0 on September 4. With trainer Patrick Lynch now calling on the experience of jockey Jevanne Erwin to chart a winning course, RUNNING STAR gets the nod over VALLEY OF THE CATS and REASSURANCE.

Elsewhere on the nine-race programme, which commences at 12;45 p.m., MISTER BONES and SUPER COP, both well drawn on the stands' side, should fight out the finish of the competitive looking eighth race over the straight five course.

The Gordon Lewis-trained MISTER BONES has been knocking at the door and following his strong second to BIG DATA recently, having the then favourite SUPER COP behind in the process, is given the edge.

Other firm fancies are OUR CREATION in the third race, OMEGA in the sixth and down in class PAPER N LACE to stave off BLESSEDNESS in the closing race over a mile.