Bank on Simply Outrageous
The Steven Todd-trained DR BANNER should capture his second race of the year when he lines up in a seven-horse field of $550,000 claimers for tomorrow's opening event of the Sunrise-6 at Caymanas Park.
Since winning a 1100 metres event on January 2, DR BANNER has been consistent over various distances, but has not been able to get his head in front. He went very close on March 4 when he was nabbed close home by STORMING going 1500 metres. He was then given a five-week rest by the trainer and should come back ready to win against a mainly out of form field.
Race two, a maiden special weight for three-year-old fillies over 1000 metres round, should see the Philip Feanny-trained HAPPY LEE getting off the mark on her second start. She was all the rage going 1000 metres straight on April 1 but failed to fire. The trainer has since taken her to task on the exercise track (48.3x35.3) on April 25 and that form will be good enough to beat this field.
ADORING LADY impressed on January 21 when losing by half-a-length to classic contender Marlene My Love over 1000 metres straight. She then led another classic horse, Loose Cannon, on January 21 before weakening. The Colin Blair-trained filly appears to have gone downhill since and should prove no match for an improved HAPPY LEE.
There should be no stopping SIMPLY OUTRAGEOUS in race three, division two of the three-year-old event for fillies. She has also been burning up the exercise tracks and breezed 48 flat for four furlongs on April 25, the same day HAPPY LEE clocked 48.3. This field appears much weaker than division one and the Dwight Chen-trained filly should not be opposed.
Race four is a gift for Anthony Nunes' COUNTER ATTACK. The half brother to top class sprinter Buzz Nightmare has been thrown in among a group of plodders and should be lining up already to collect the lion's share of the $660,000 purse.
On March 1 COUNTER ATTACK clocked 1:40.2 for 1600 metres (tomorrow's distance), a time well out of the reach of this $250,000 claiming group.
The fifth race over 1200 metres is a real knotty affair. The leading contenders are STORMING FLYER, NEWTON'S FIRST LAW and PARTY PRINCESS.
STORMING FLYER was caught stealing home by Ruby Rose and Wednesday's winner Leekout going 1400 metres on April 8. At first glance she should be more comfortable going 1200 metres but with much more speed in the event, including NEWTON's FIRST LAW, it is likely she will again come to a walk in the final stages.
PARTY PRINCESS disappointed behind Leekout on Wednesday, but can do much better. She has now been given a seven-pound ease in the handicaps courtesy of apprentice Dane Dawkins' 2kg claim and will be right there when the race is being decided.
Bottom-of-the-barrel claimers hold the spotlight in the sixth race where a number of horses have strong claims on past achievements. BULLET RAJ has struck up some good recent form. He was sixth by just over six lengths to Run Johnny Run in a fast (58.2) 1000 metres straight on April 15. A reproduction of that effort will be good enough to top this field.
1. DR BANNER
2. HAPPY LEE
3. SIMPLY OUTRAGEOUS
4. COUNTER ATTACK
5. PARTY PRINCESS
6. BULLET RAJ