Red Parrot fancied to impress
A new season of racing commences today at Caymanas Park, the 10-race programme featuring the annual renewal of the McKay Security Limited Trophy race over 1820 metres for $180,000 claiming horses.
Also on the well-supported card is the CTL Fan Appreciation Day Trophy 3-y-o and under overnight allowance race to be contested by 10 starters over 1820 metres, and the traditional New Year's Day Trophy race over 1300 metres in which BUBBLING KITTEN, SOY EL SENOR and BIRD CATCHER should have a keen tussle for top honours in a field of seven.
Having finished only a length third to CHOO CHOO BLUE and GARY GLITTER in a hotly contested 1200-metre sprint as recent as Boxing Day, the Philip Feanny-trained filly BUBBLING KITTEN, with former champion jockey Wesley Henry aboard, looks the one to beat from the convenient mark of 52.0kg.
The four-year-old daughter of Blue Pepsi Lodge-Shanda was running on strongly in the closing stages to finish on the heels of two very good horses, and despite the claims of the Anthony Nunes-trained grey colt SOY EL SENOR, a good winner over this trip on December 10, BUBBLING KITTEN has a bit more appeal.
Meanwhile, the CTL Fan Appreciation Day Trophy promises to be a more competitive race among the 10 starters. Indications are that the winner will come from a quartet comprising ROYAL VIBES, TIMEFORARMS, MIRACLE STAR and the American 3-y-o filly AWESOME DESTINY, who finished 121/2 lengths eighth to SEEKING MY DREAM in the recent Diamond Mile.
Given this slower pace, AWESOME DESTINY, who last won over this trip on November 19, will prove a tough opponent with champion apprentice Bebeto Harvey riding for trainer Gary Subratie, but my preference is for MIRACLE STAR (Shane Ellis up), who usually reserves his best for this trip.
The McKay Security Trophy, which offers a whopping purse of $1 million to this lowly level, has a difficult look about it, what with the likes of RED PARROT, DR TRAIN, BATIDOR DE MUNDO, MONEYNEVERSLEEP and BARS OF GOLD expected to figure prominently in a 12-horse field. Preference is for the Marlon Anderson-trained, 4-y-o RED PARROT, a narrow loser to PLAY STATION on a $250,000 tag on December 10 over a mile and now dropped in class with three-time champion Dane Nelson up, should make amends.
I also like MY COMPANION in the second race, SEEKING THE DAWN in the fourth, and HOLOGRAM SHADOW in the fifth.