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Published:Friday | April 21, 2017 | 12:00 AMElton Tucker
RUNJOHNNY RUN (left) with Wesley Henry aboard capturign the Grooms Association of Jamaica feature over 1000 metres straight at Caymanas Park last Saturday.
Veteran jockey Percy Williams going to the scale after winning aboard FORT KNOX at Caymanas Park last Saturday.
FORT KNOX (Percy Williams) powering to victory in last Saturday's fifth race.

Champion trainer Wayne DaCosta has all the keys to tomorrow's opening race in the Sunrise-6 at Caymanas Park.

DaCosta will saddle three of the seven runners, including the well-handicapped MR UNIVERSE. The three-year-old colt competed well against the best of his age group in the latter part of last year and comes in very light at 49kg to make his seasonal debut. He was fourth in the 1600 metres Jamaica Two-year-old Stakes on December 27, toting 57kg. Now training very well and with just a feather on his back, he should score an easy win over SIMPLY THE BEST, the only four-year-old in the field.

Race Two is an 1100 metres event for five-year-old-and-up maidens. The one best equipped to pull off a victory is the Patrick Fong-trained BREEZY. The six-year-old mare led for most of the way in a 1300-metre race on March 18 before he was passed by winner Askaboutme, who went up to non-winners of two and performed creditably on April 15.




The third race is a very knotty affair for four-year-olds and up. NUCLEAR WARNING and VISION OF GOLD won well in their last outings, but both could fall victim to BUBBLING KITTEN, who is long overdue for a win. The Anthony Nunes-trained filly finished just over five lengths behind the vastly improved Lottery Ticket on March 11, clocking 1:13.3 for 1200 metres.

LIKE A LADY is also in the seven-horse field and did finish ahead of BUBBLING KITTEN in that race, but 1400 metres could prove just a bit too long for the Hamark Farms-owned filly.

Down-in-class PRINCESS BRIANNA and OCEAN SEEKER will decide race four over 1100 metres. Both have dropped to the lowest level after running well against better horses. PRINCESS BRIANNA was seven by 13 lengths to Fort Knox last weekend in an event over 1000 metres round.

OCEAN SEEKER has been training well since finishing seventh by 11 lengths to Seeking The Dawn over 1000 metres straight. The four-year-old filly trained well on April 16, galloping 1:09.3 for 11 metres, and should now be fit enough to take care of this field.

Trainer Anthony Nunes', PIANO MAN looked fit and ready for a big run when finishing fifth by four lengths to Flying Machine over 1300 metres last Saturday. BOUNCE was also in that race and was just ahead of PIANO MAN at the finish after leading for a long way. The two will decide the fifth event, with the latter getting the nod.

UNCLE FRANK missed out on making his debut on April 15 when he was injured after entering the track. The DaCosta-trained three-year-old gelding is a full brother to open allowance campaigner Polly B and is tipped to win race six over 1000 metres straight.