Rally Baby to catch them
Today's 10-race programme at Caymanas Park will be highlighted by the annual renewal of the restricted allowance race (non-winners of three) over 1100 metres for the Howard Phillipps Memorial Trophy.
The race has attracted a competitive looking field of 11, including the LUNAR ROCKET, SUNDANCE, LOTTERY TICKET and ZEPHYR, who all have good speed and should ensure a fast pace. Also expected to figure are the come from behind horses RALLY BABY, MISTER BONES and the recent winner MY COMPANION.
One thing is sure, the Fitznahum Williams-trained filly LUNAR ROCKET should prove fastest of all and could just stave off the challenges with the trip now reduced. She carried the field to the last furlong over 1200 metres on January 14, but shortened in the last 100 metres and was relegated to fifth by the fast-finishing CLASSY AVIATOR, MISTER BONES and LOTTERY TICKET in a blanket finish.
LUNAR ROCKET, the mount of Robert Halledeen, will be happy over this shorter trip and is going to prove a tough opponent with 52.0kg. Preference, however, is for RALLY BABY, to be ridden by champion apprentice Bebeto Harvey for trainer Richard Azan. He lost out in a photo finish to KING D in a fast-run round five race (0.59.1) on November 26 and reporting in good nick (working well), catches my fancy from the lenient mark of 52.0kg.
Elsewhere on the 10-race programme, RADICAL who lost out by a nose to DONTAE over a mile recently, is tipped to go one better in the third race over 1400 metres for maiden three-year-olds.
The bay colt from the stables of champion trainer Wayne DaCosta will be happier over this trip and is preferred to PROUD OF NUCLEAR in a field of nine.
Other firm fancies on the card are ZACKONTHEATTACK to complete the hat-trick in the second, PARTY CITY in the fourth, the debutante LIGHTNING LILY (working well) in the sixth for maiden three-year-olds and DREAMLINER to stave off CHACE THE GREAT in the ninth for overnight allowance horses.