Runallday on the Hotline
Phase two of the Front Runner Racing Series will commence at Caymanas Park today with native-bred three-year-olds taking the spotlight in two races over 1200 metres, both sponsored by Newport Mills Limited.
These are the 23rd running of the Hot Line Stakes for non-winners of two fillies and the 22nd running of the Sir Howard Stakes for non winners of two colts and geldings.
Both races offer purses of $1.1 million, and the sponsorship will continue on March 18 with the Thornbird Stakes for native-bred fillies and the Prince Consort Stakes for colts and geldings, both over 1400 metres.
Also on the 11-race programme is the annual renewal of the King's Plate open allowance race over 1500 metres to be contested by eight starters. The field includes HOUDINI'S MAGIC, who was third to SEEKING MY DREAM in the December 10 Diamond Mile, the 2013 derby winner PERFECT NEIGHBOUR and the stable companions BLUE DIXIE and AWESOME DESTINY, all of whom should ensure a highly-competitive race.
The Hot Line Stakes has attracted nine starters and will more than likely come down to a straight fight between RUNALLDAY and FORT KNOX, both impressive winners last time out.
RUNALLDAY, to be ridden by former champion apprentice Linton Steadman for trainer Anthony Nunes, was the more impressive of the two in winning by 10 lengths over 1300 metres some weeks ago and having looked sharp at exercise, gets the nod over the Philip Feanny-trained unbeaten colt FORT KNOX, with Robert Halledeen aboard.
It looks more difficult to unravel among the 11 horses declared for the Sir Howard Stakes, even though the Wayne DaCosta-trained LOOSE CANNON looked very good when scoring in maiden company on his recent debut over the round five course by six lengths in fast time (1:00.0). The chestnut colt by Blue Pepsi Lodge out of Devil Woman has looked even sharper at exercise and with champion jockey Omar Walker retaining the ride, ought to be followed. SILENCE and SECRET TRAVELLER, both winners last time, should follow him home.
The American 4-y-o filly, AWESOME DESTINY, who had no luck in running last time out despite finishing second, looks the pick of the weights in the King's Plate supporting feature. She carries a mere 48.0kg for the services of smart apprentice Dane Dawkins and given the level of improvement shown in recent months, should resume winning ways at the expense of HOUDINI'S MAGIC.
Other firm fancies are ICE PRINCESS to repeat in the second race, LORD EQUUS in the fourth, STAR OF DAVID in the fifth and MISS MYRTLE in the closing race.